40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. (Mark 9:40-41)
This scripture always kind of puzzled me, but today I realized that is describing how even little acts of support for those who are on Christ’s side will merit reward. This scripture is perfect for times when feelings are highly polarized for or against the gospel of Christ and when there are very public consequences for standing up for our beliefs.
If even giving a cup of water to a disciple of Christ because of their service and commitment will bring a reward someday, then larger displays and helping acts will also certainly be rewarded.
On the other hand, the penalty for doing the opposite is heavy, as the thought continues:
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. (Mark 9:42)
Usually this verse is used to warn of the seriousness of child abuse, but with the above understanding about being on Christ’s side, we see it is saying that persecuting and opposing even a very young child who believes in Christ brings down some pretty awful curses, and Christ has the insight and authority to warn of those as well.
So don’t be afraid to support the cause of Christ! It will give us much to look forward to in the future.