Matthew 10:40–42 (ESV)
receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because
he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
I have seen some churches take this passage and use it to pass out bottled water during special events, such as parades, festivals, and so on. The Lutheran
Study Bible states: “Jesus says much about the difficulties that the disciples will encounter as they carry out their mission. But He concludes His sermon by promising a reward to those who support the Gospel message and fellow disciples. Yet no
reward can match the blessings of grace given to those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus as their Savior (Eph 2:8–10). He gives peace with God, patience in time of tribulation, confidence to pray, and finally eternal life.”
I pray: O Loving Savior, I deserve no reward for my words and actions. Yet You promise rich blessings to those who receive the Gospel.
Thank You. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (pp. 1601–1602). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.