One of the things I really enjoy doing, on a short distance basis, is running. For those of you who are avid runners what I do you might categorize as a fast walk – nevertheless, I break a sweat, breath hard and come out the other side feeling thoroughly exercised.
On one of those running/walking adventures, David and I decided to make our little lake the place of choice. Me, because I like the scenery; David, because he wants to check out the fish situation.
As the sweat was pouring off my head, David asked if I wanted to stop and get a drink from the beautiful “stagnate” – I’m sure of it – lake. My quick and witty response “NO!” was followed by my infamous “you’ve got to be crazy” look.
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He chuckled knowing I wouldn’t be so brave and trotted on.
Later on that day, after I had cooled down and caught my breath, I began thinking about our brief conversation.
I can’t think when I’m hot and tired.
My mind was captivated by the beauty and peace found by the small circumference of water, but it was troubled by the fact you only wanted to look at it and not partake of any of it’s other benefits.
When I laid everything out on the table of discovery I began to see a picture of more than just a pretty lake. I began seeing those same things – pretty to look at, but stagnate on the inside – sometimes rendered a picture of me.
Then other pictures began emerging…churches, houses, (you fill in the blank)!
As people who fill those churches and houses, and whatever pictures you developed, we need to keep our river flowing. We need to fill ourselves up with the overflowing love of Christ so we don’t become stagnate and loose our ability to bring flavor and refreshment to a world so thirsty they’ll drink almost anything.
Christ said, “Whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.” and “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
I am overtaken by the imagery of these scriptures (John 4:14 & John 7:38 AMP). In Christ we are not a stagnate pool, but we have the capability to be a continuously, bubbling, and flowing river of living water. A spring full and overflowing.