Timeouts in football and basketball games give the athletes a short break to catch their breath and rehydrate. Those who give the players a drink are often overlooked, but they play an important part in the game. In order for the athletes to compete, they have to replenish the fluids that they lose as they sweat. The water and other drinks that they consume during the game give them the ability to continue to compete.
Staying hydrated is also important for those who are working hard in the kingdom of God. Jesus says, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42).
I don’t know if Jesus is talking about physical water or spiritual water here. Perhaps it is both. In any case, we should always strive to refresh others, literally and figuratively.
If somebody ever calls me a “water boy for Jesus”, I’m going to take that as a compliment!