A Cup of Cold Water

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LoveBook2When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46

This is a profound teaching of our Jesus Christ and it is a foundational Scripture of the Remnant of the Kingdom of Love. No person is too insignificant, for whatever you have done for the least of these brothers of mine you did for Christ and God.

No gift is too small or inexpensive, no kind words are too few, and no good deed is too trivial. You will think your gift is not good enough and that you have done nothing and accomplished nothing with small, little deeds and the widow’s mite, but these are the cups of cold water, and if you do it for the least of these, you have done it for Christ and for God. After you give your life, you will not even think you are sacrificing or that you have done anything good.

The deed itself is not the magic, but rather it is the love behind the deed that glorifies Christ. Focus on the loving words and mannerism and less on the gift or deed itself; it is not in the gift but in the giving.

You are not just throwing the needy a fish to help them for one day, but you are teaching them how to fish for the rest of their lives when you show them how to find God. The fact that you have reached out to anyone to share the Truth is considered to God a cup of cold water.

 

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