It'll be important not to get dehydrated while I'm working on job sites this week at Habitat/Volunteer camp at Tower Hill in Michigan - and with that in mind, here's this week's Bible study blog entry for i.ucc:
How much water are we supposed to drink everyday? For so long I’ve read that it is 8- 8 oz glasses per day. It’s been reported that drinking that much per day lets your body do a better job of cleaning out toxins, helps weight loss and results in healthier skin. More recently, however, researchers have questioned the claims and the recommendation – even going as far as saying, ‘Just drink when you’re thirsty.”
“whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple--truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
In this week’s short Bible reading from Matthew 10:40-42, Jesus finishes up the instructions he gave to the disciples (filled with warnings about difficulties and assurances that God would provide what was necessary) with a reference the disciples and anyone else hearing and reading would understand, “Help refresh the helpless and forgotten – and you’ll be rewarded.”
Jesus had spent plenty of time previously reminding the disciples that seeking rewards for showing love towards others wasn’t what the whole “Love God and love others” was all about – so I don’t think this talk of rewards was meant to bring out the greed in the hearers. I think it was really meant to leave a lasting, refreshing image in the mind of the hearers.
Jesus brings refreshment – share that refreshment with others.
What are your thoughts?