41For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. 42And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. -Mark 9:41, 42 (KJV)
I recall reading a story about the devastation of England after WWII and how many children had been left orphaned and homeless. One day a little boy was standing outside a bakery looking in the window. The bakers inside were making bread, pastries, doughnuts, and a variety of other treats which were unavailable to the child since he had no money. As the child stood there, hungry, forlorn, mouth watering, and feeling hopeless a military jeep pulled up by the curb and parked. Out of the jeep stepped an American soldier who was about to go inside the bakery. Seeing the boy standing there and surmising the situation, the soldier felt pity for him and went inside and purchased a dozen doughnuts. The soldier then walked outside and placed the bag of doughnuts, still hot and fresh in the boy’s hand.
“Here you go.” The soldier said as he handed the boy the doughnuts. The child accepted the gift and could only stare at the man in disbelief. The soldier then turned and was about to get into the jeep when the child spoke. “Sir,” the child asked, “are you God?”
My friends, we are most like the Lord when we are reaching out in kindness and compassion in His name. Whether we are helping someone in need, taking time to listen to the cares of another, visiting the sick, witnessing to the lost, or simply giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name others will see Christ in us. Look around and we see the needs are everywhere and the needs are great. Take time today to reach out in the name of the Lord. One act of kindness, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can count for all eternity.
Reach out today in Jesus’ name. Let others see Jesus in us. Someone needs to know that the Lord still cares and in Him there is hope.