BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO GIVE A CUP OF WATER TO A LITTLE ONE IN MY NAME
by Kathleen Angell
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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.
The Lord quickened me to this Scripture today when I was pondering over a womenís meeting I went to on Saturday. It was a luncheon with quite a few older women at it. I was pondering over the dryness of giving the Water of Jesus' Love to the teens present there.
I had been admonishing myself at the luncheon, because I could see I wasnít as attentive as I should be to some of the ladies. Not looking at them in the eyes of love, in the way I should.
There were some teens there helping out and they had been ask to help serve the food.
It was a school project for credits. Just several teens, boys and girls.
Something struck me as really odd. I felt love go out to these young people from the Holy Spirit in an expression to them from Jesus Love, through me. Just saying hello and being kind.
It seemed to me to be an event to have them there, an opportunity for love. For them to feel the expression of Jesusí love for them through us.
But the odd part was, I didnít see that bell ringing in the lives of the other women around me. If it did, I missed it. I Ďm not saying it didnít occur, but I didnít see it.
Maybe someone showed them extra kindness,I don't know, it was what I heard and saw around me that made me sit and ponder the dryness of love from those I saw, to the young people.
I wonder how often we miss opportunity to take love to someone Jesus died for by not seeing past the clothes or need, or age diffence from ourselves.
In fact, what it seemed I saw was a coldness and dryness of expression to them. They were being used as servants, but there was a forgetting to treat them like those for whom Christ died.
They werenít prison inmates; they were volunteers, although truly if they were inmates it would have been the same in my eyes.
An opportunity of great proportions, to show the Love of Jesus to others.
I felt the dryness of love shown to them. There didnít seem to be much shown. Older ladies acting like older ladies act, sometimes, I guess.
But that is not what we are in Christ our Lord. We're not older ladies. And we don't act like older ladies act. We act like vessels and children of the Most High God, taking opportunity of the time.
We are full of the Waters of Christ Jesusí love and mercy and goodness and kindness for others.
It is right that I admonished myself for my actions to some of the ladies. I need to be more careful to love.
And it was right that I pondered this odd lack of love towards these precious "little ones", present there among so many Christian women, with a wonderful opportunity for us to shine our Lights out in love to them.
Not religious, but the Light of Jesus Christ's love that can flow out of a precious hello. A good attitude. A thoughtful gesture.
And as I wondered about the view set before me, in my mind's eye today, the day later, of the teens and the ladies, wondering what this meant, to see so little water going out of love toward these teens, feeling such a desire to lavish on them love myself.
This was the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life. To lavish love on them. To sit them down and serve them. To show them Jesus Christ, precious Love.
Oh, I want to let go and go with the leading of Love! Be willing to flow with the leading of the Holy Spirit and His Love! I want to be lavish in Love towards those that the Holy Spirit gives to me, taking full opportunity of the time.
Sincerely, Kathleen Angell
We're nothing, but He is everything, and I want to learn to follow His leading, to be an expression of His Love, to others.
And the Lord quickened me to the Scripture about giving a cup of cold water to a little one.
Beloved, we need to get out of ourselves, and take opportunity to love. To be even, lavish in love. That can be from simple thoughtfulness, expressions of care, to showing love by sitting down the teens, and serving them, without an agenda, just at the prompting of Love.
I wanted to see these young people treated well. I want to see that opportunity arise and go to them, and say, sit down here, and let me serve you.
It is okay that they served. They were there to help. But it is a heart and mind set in Jesus. It would be better to let our light so shine, that we take opportunity to love grandly. It would have been better, to serve them.
I'm still learning to yield. But oh, how I want to!
It would have been better, to escort them to a place to eat, to serve them, to love them, to care about them in small and loving expressions of appreciation that they were here. Not overbearing, but in sincere love for them.
Wouldnít that be a Light shining for all to see?
I loved them with thank youís. I loved them with words. I didnít love them enough, but I am learning and want to learn even more, to release His Love to others. I tried to love them with letting them know they were appreciated, and cared about. I was careful to watch for opportunity. I didn't fully understand or yield to the leading of the Lord in it till later when I got home. But I pray to learn to yield and express Love when the opportunity arises, and express Love, His way, not mine.
Now, I want to remember this for myself, beloved brethren, and to put you in remembrance of the same.
When someone comes into our gathering, letís make sure we make a point of giving them a good seat. Of caring about them. Of loving them. Of making them special.
And letís make sure we let our Light of Jesusí Love shine to them so especially bright.
A kind word spoken in truly loving them, making them feel welcome, as special as they are. Like extra special guests.
If we are old, serve the young with love. If we are young, serve the old with love. Or whoever. There isn't an age in Jesus. Just precious souls for whom Christ our Lord, died.
If we are rich, serve the poor with love, not attitude, if we are poor, serve in love, we have been blessed.
Whatever we are, let us set aside, and serve one another with grandness that we want to serve our Saviorís guests with. I want to do that, and I want to be attentive to the Holy Spirit's leading, to shine His Light for others to see and feel and be welcome.
Love is so grand that Jesus gives to us. It is a lavish love. He gives us a love that can be lavished on others. We can, I can, become the Scriptures fulfilled.
We can afford to go out of the norm at the leading of the Holy Spirit's Love, but we cannot afford, not to.
Whoever we are, let us not forget what we are there for. To be lights of Jesus, not a club, but Lights, shining and taking every opportunity to let the Light of Jesusí love shine out, to make them desire to come to Him.
If He be lifted up, He will draw all men to Him.
Oh Beloved! What are we here for! Let us serve one another in the Love that Jesus Christ has given to us! I want to do that, more and more and more!
If the poor come into our midst, let us love them, and make them special. If someone out of the ordinary comes in, love them. Cover them in love. Watch out for each other. If the young teens come, kids come in, let us let them know we appreciate and love them. If the old are there, let us remember them in love.
That cup of cold Water in Jesus name wonít go unrewarded.
Sincerely, Kathleen Angell
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Kathy, may God bless you for your boldness in Him and may this article become ignite a light in the hearts of many. When we decide to be bold for Christ, we will face oposition (I'm facing that right now) But God gives the strength to face each day and with the leading of the Holy Spirit our walk gets stronger and stronger each day. How much I wish many Christians would open their hearts to the leading of the Holy Spirit and walk in Love. Stay blessed my sister and friend. God bless!
Yes, that would 'be a Light shining for all to see?' Well said Janice