What Jesus Did! 'A Cup of Water' — Mark 9:41

Sunday, June 26, 2016

"I tell you the truth. If a person helps you by giving you a drink of water because you belong to the Christ, then that person will truly get his reward."
— Mark 9:41 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:41 NLT — "I tell you the truth. If a person helps you by giving you a drink of water because you belong to the Christ, then that person will truly get his reward."

Key Thought

The kindness Jesus expects and rewards in his followers is very simple. God doesn't forget kindness that is demonstrated with actions that are simple and real. When we are kind to other believers or they are kind to us, God sees, remembers, and rewards! Of course Jesus didn't want us to limit our kindness to other believers and he also wanted his followers to give unbelievers an opportunity to share their kindness with them as well. Simple acts of kindness by Jesus' followers may be simple, but they are also a genuine reflection of their Lord's kindness and compassion that were shared with all sorts of people.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for sending Jesus who makes your way of life so simple and clear. Thank you for remembering acts of kindness. Thank you for those who have demonstrated that kindness to me and to your Son through their kindness to me. Please bless them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 25:31-40
  • Hebrews 6:10
  • Hebrew 13:16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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