Mark 9:41 ESV
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.
I read this and part of it makes me want to go door to door asking, “I belong to Christ, can I have a cup of water?”
Couldn’t that statement by itself create a circumstance that throws people off of their normal experience with the religious door knockers? Wouldn’t they be intrigued that I’m neither hammering them with condemnation for their sins nor begging them to attend services one day a week with a bunch of people they don’t know?
Couldn’t it open up discussions about God’s promises and about living water when I thank them for the water even though I am not thirsty for water? Couldn’t it demonstrate my love and concern for their salvation, for their reward, while approaching them from a position poor in spirit and not from a stance of spiritual pride?
Yes, I look for little door openers like this to start up conversations about Christ and this Good News. Things as simple as asking the cashier at the gas station, “Do you have that Living Water?” when I’m buying a bottled water can open an opportunity for discussion (as long as people aren’t lined up behind me waiting).
And any opportunity to talk together about Christ is an opportunity to grow, to learn, to encourage and to be encouraged, to fellowship together – to be the church, to praise and honor God, and to enjoy the presence of the Holy Spirit inhabiting our praise.
I wonder how often we look for opportunities to talk about the weather, politics, sports, entertainment, things worldly, and ourselves?
I wonder how often we look for opportunities to talk about the Good News of Jesus Christ who saves us from this world of sin and death?
I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. Do you have some water that you can share with me today, friend? Oh, no. I’m not thirsty for a glass of water, I’m looking for living water. Do you have a testimony to share, friend? Will you pour out your testimony into my cup, friend? Will you tell me about your Lord and Savior? Do you have living water overflowing so that some of it might spill over into my cup as well?
Can I have some water, friend?