Read Matthew 10:40-42
40-42 “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” (THE MESSAGE)
We can’t all be public heroes of the faith who author best-selling thrill-a-minute testimonies. We can’t all hit the headlines. In Jesus’ eyes that doesn’t seem to matter. He suggests here that if we receive the Christian message and support those who deliver it we are doing something valuable.
It is true that there are seasons of Christian service. There may be times when those who once mounted pulpits and wrote songs and organised conferences can no longer do these things. But that need not mean an end to usefulness. It is true that some people are brutally terminated from businesses and are consigned to the scrapheap. But that is not true in our living for Jesus. We are never put out to pasture, never retrenched, never terminated, never surplus to requirements.
Giving cups of cold water to the thirsty might not hit the headlines but it is an act commended by Jesus. It will not bring us fame or fortune, but then again we are called to be faithful not famous.