Mare’s daily verse: Philippians 4:7 NIV
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

DAILY DEVOTION, December 11, 2021

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward (Matthew 10:42).

While our good deeds contribute nothing regarding our salvation, they do earn rewards in heaven. Salvation is a gift given to us by God to all who trust in Jesus, our Savior. However, the good deeds which follow do earn rewards. Even small deeds of kindness such as giving water to a thirsty child are noticed and rewarded by God. Remember the widow in Mark  12:41-44. She placed a penny in the offering plate. It was her last penny. It doesn’t seem like much, but Jesus praises her.  Rewards are mentioned frequently in Scripture. For example, “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor” (1 Corinthians 3:8). Even our small acts of kindness are noticed by God. While we cannot earn our way into heaven, we can receive rewards in heaven for our good deeds.

Most of us are not doing great things in service to our Master. Someone has said, “God doesn’t reward us according to how much we can do for Him, but according to how willingly we do what we can.” So don’t fret if your service seems insignificant. God rewards even our small acts of kindness.

Father, I do want to be of use in Your church. So help me to look for ways I can serve You, no matter how small. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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