Date: Thursday, October 23
Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42
Verse: I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded. (Matthew 10:42)
Mother Teresa, the woman who dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India through her movement called the Missionaries of Charity, is quoted as saying, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” From someone who did great things on a regular basis, so many that she won a Nobel Peace Prize, these are comforting words. Too often we become paralyzed with the enormity of the problems surrounding us. We may not be able to solve world hunger or poverty in our own community, but we can serve the hungry and poor with the love of Jesus Christ. Our call, as someone has said, is not to be successful, but to be faithful.
As Jesus sends out the disciples to do his work, he tells them that sometimes they will be received, and other times they will be rejected. He doesn’t want them to become discouraged, but to keep going. He then goes on to tell them that those who receive them, are doing something to be celebrated and should be rewarded. He then follows that up with today’s verse about giving a cup of cold water. Even that minimal effort will be rewarded greatly by God.
While Mother Teresa was widely recognized for her work, her focus never seemed to waiver from serving the people in front of her, the needy people of Calcutta, those whom she called “Jesus in disguise” (see Matthew 25:37-40). She wasn’t always doing great things for the world to see. Often, she was just holding someone’s hand when they were frightened, or washing the wounds of someone in desperate need. We cannot allow the enormity of the problems move us to inaction. We may not be able to do great things every day, but “we can do small things with great love.”
Prayer: Give me wisdom, Lord Jesus, to show your love through what I do. Amen.
Action: Google Mother Teresa, and learn a little about what she did. A good place to start might be motherteresa.org.
Respond: To whom could you give “a cup of cold water”? What would that look like?
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