Cup of Water
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Jeremiah 18:3-4, Psalm 23:5, Proverbs 3:10, Matthew 10:42, 2 Timothy 2:21, John 4:1-42, Revelation 22:17
One hot summer, everywhere in the western part of the United State, we were concerned with the lack of water. Lake Powell was reduced to almost 50%. Water rationing was in effect for cities and towns all across Utah, Arizona and Colorado. We had our minds on water and the need for it, not only for play but also for sustenance.
And yet, there is one great amount of water many will never have, it can not be put in a reservoir or lake, it cannot be dammed up and it stay fresh. We know what happens when fresh water flows into an area where there is no life, no opportunity for the water to keep flowing and renewing itself, as in the Jordan flowing into the Dead Sea. It is only through receiving and giving out of the Living Water that we all will be refreshed and made live again in Christ. Jesus gives us Living Water in that we in turn are to give it away. It isn't given to keep for ourselves.
We are taught in Jeremiah - "Mold me, make me; You are the Potter, I am the clay." However, God doesn't make us into just vessels. He makes us vessels to be filled with His Spirit, His Living Water. We are made for use, made to be full.
When we are filled, we are vessels of Living Water, and of use then to the Father. The Son said He (Jesus) was the Living Water that flows from Him through us to others. Through giving of that drink to the thirsty one, we are a filled cup, not an empty one. You don't give a visitor an empty cup but a cup full of delicious drink.
When we take up the cross and follow, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we become a cup full to overflowing. If we do not give of ourselves, are not crucified with Christ in repentance, if we do not serve as we are served, we become stagnant. Our "water" spoils within us to become sour and distasteful. His Living Water is to be continually given out to ...
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