A Cup of Cold Water

It won’t be long until the hot summer sun will be mid-sky and the parched, dry earth will cry out for “Adam’s Ale” – water; life giving, life sustaining and, in part and parcel, our very makeup as humans (about 70%). We know the value of water.
It is not surprising then that God so often refers to water. Jesus’s first recorded miracle involved water (John 2:9); it represented a reprieve from eternal pain (Luke 16:24); a Samaritan woman heard Jesus refer to Himself as the “living” water (John 4:10). In fact, John claimed that God is the source of the Water of Life (Revelation 22:1).
In view of its biblical usage, we should glean a clearer insight into a statement Jesus made to his disciples in Matthew 10:42, where He said: “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” It may not seem such a magnificent gift but there is no substitute if one dying of thirst. The gift of water can save a life; the gift of Living Water can save a life eternally.
Teaching the Gospel should hold great importance in the mind of a Christian. We can do so little as to invite our neighbors to assemblies, strike up religious conversations, or invite interested friends to study the Bible. While these methods are derided as “golden moldies,” they work.
The next time you get thirsty, think about that lost soul. If we gave the Living Water to others, even partaking of it ourselves, as regularly as we refreshed our physical body, what a healthy and vibrant church we would be.
JDS