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

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

[Jesus said,] "If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded."
— Mark 9:41 NLT

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 real, even if they are simple. When we are kind to other believers or they are kind to us, God sees, remembers, and rewards! Of course Jesus doesn't want us to limit our kindness to other believers; he also wants unbelievers to have an opportunity to share in the kindness of his followers as well. 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 made 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
  • Hebrews 13:16


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Illustration of Mark 9:41 NLT — [Jesus said,] "If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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