THE WORD: Three examples of love

“Still-life with Lemons, Oranges and Rose” (1633) is a painting by Francisco de Zurbarán in the collection of the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California.

“I tell you the truth — anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.” Mark 9:41

Jesus set up three monuments in His Gospels.

One was to the widow who gave the two mites. A widow put two copper coins in an offerings box. For her donation, Jesus told his disciples: “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” Mark 12:43-44

Another was to the woman who anointed His head and feet, the story of whose deed is enshrined in the Gospels. “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment..” Luke 7:37-38, ESV

The other is the one referred to above — the person who gives the cup of cold water to a disciple in the Master’s name.

It is not great things which make men great in God’s sight — it is the love that is in what they do.

The least act of kindness done in Christ’s name, is greater than the building of a city for personal glory.

J.R. Miller was a pastor and former editorial superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication from 1880 to 1911. His works are now in the public domain.