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Carl Boyle is a sales representative, and he was driving home through his suburban neighborhood one day when he saw a group of young children selling Kool-Aid on a corner. They had taped the typical hand-scrawled sign on their stand: “Kool-Aid, 10 cents.” As a salesman, Carl was intrigued. He pulled over to the curb, and one of the boys came up to his car and asked if he would like strawberry or grape Kool-Aid. Carl placed his order and handed the boy a quarter. After much deliberation, the children determined he had some change coming, and rifled through the old box in which they kept their money, until they finally came up with the correct amount. The boy returned with the change, then stood by the side of the car watching him as he drank. The boy became impatient and asked if Carl was finished drinking. “Just about,” said Carl, “Why?” “That’s the only cup we have,” answered the boy, “and we need it to stay in business.”

Fortunately, we have more than one cup and we don’t have to use the same one to stay in business. There is more than one method of evangelism. There is more than one way to enter the harvest field. There is more than one cup of cold water we can share with the world. We can care. We can help. We can share our story of what Jesus has done for us. Paul said, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. . . . To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23).

Jesus is calling you to see the need, have compassion and go into the harvest field, and share in the blessing of the harvest.

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