When we encounter someone we have a choice in how deal with them.  Depending on how choose, we can make one of two primary impressions.  The correct way of dealing with them has a reward.  Jesus explains this to His disciples here:

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. Mark 9:41

Jesus was not only talking about being a waterboy.  He was talking about choosing to be a blessing to someone who loves Him like you do.  Jesus gives this information on the heels of the story about the man who was casting out demons in His name.  Jesus first tells them not to stop him.  He then tells them that the man was not against him and thus is for him.  Now he tells you how to treat a person who is working for and serving The Lord.  He wants us to be a blessing.  There isn’t much of anything that is more refreshing than a cup of water to drink after a long day of labor.  

Many people choose to deal differently with people.  They do so out of a poor attitude or even jealousy.  Rather than a cup of water they hand out a cup of judgment.  This has no reward and can even hurt a person or tempt them to slow down in their Christian service (see next week’s text).  

Be a servant to others.  Be ready with a cup of water.  That requires some forethought.  That forethought may keep you from other negative more negative thoughts.  Look for an opportunity to give a cup of water today!