Matthew 10:42- And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.
When I first looked at this passage what jumped out at me was the term little ones. I anticipated preaching a sermon on children and our need as a congregation to make children and young families a priority in our church. I still think all that is true, but as I looked closer at the passage it became evident that little ones had nothing to do with children in this context. The little ones were the disciples that Jesus had just commissioned to go out and proclaim him in the surrounding areas. Couple that with last week’s text about making disciples of all the nations and it turns out that we are the little ones. It is another example of God using the ones the world considers insignificant to accomplish God’s work. These are people who are dependent on others for a cup of cold water, not the ones who have it all together, self-satisfied and secure. It is through relationships with these little ones that rewards are distributed. A line of copper wire doesn’t have much power in and of itself, but when it is attached to the electric power grid it can light up a house. Jesus calls us to live a life of faith as little ones trusting in him. How will you embrace that truth this week?