Today's verse is Mark 9:41: "For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward." Jesus' disciples had just asked about people who were casting out demons in Jesus' name but were not a part of the Twelve. Jesus said the one who is for him, using his name, is on his team. Then he makes this remarkable statement: that anyone who even offers a cup of cold water to someone preaching the Gospel will be rewarded one day by his Father in heaven.
Even the smallest act of kindness, even giving a cup of cold water to those proclaiming the Gospel, will be rewarded one day in heaven.
Throughout the world today, most people who proclaim the Gospel are persecuted. They have to face daily hardships beyond anything American pastors ever have to face. Yet when anyone, in any culture, shows kindness to those preaching the Gospel, the Father notices. He sees it. And there will be a reward given in heaven to those who show these acts of kindness. Even if it's only a cup of cold water!
Be kind to those whose calling is to preach the Gospel. They have earthly enemies. They have an eternal enemy, Satan and his minions too! Any act of kindness to them encourages them.
And it encourages the heart of God toward you, too!