There’s an analogy that Jewish Rabbis used to tell that has made its way into our era:
There are two major bodies of water in the land where Jesus walked. One is the Sea of Galilee, a beautiful lake 13 miles long and 7 miles wide filled with fish and surrounded by lush foliage.
The other body of water is the Dead Sea, 50 miles long and 11 miles wide, the shoreline of which is 1300 feet below sea level. Seven million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. The saline or salt content of the water of the Dead Sea ranges from 26-35%, making it 10 times saltier than the oceans of the world. There’s no seaweed or plants of any kind in or around the water. There are no fish or any kind of swimming, squirming creatures living in or near the water. As a matter of fact, what you’ll see on the shores of the Sea is white, crystals of salt covering EVERYTHING. Fish accidentally swimming into the waters from one of the several freshwater streams that feed the Sea are killed instantly, their bodies quickly coated with a preserving layer of salt crystals and then tossed onto shore by the wind and waves.
Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are fed by the Jordan River. There is really only one difference between these two bodies of water, really only one thing that causes the Sea of Galilee to be beautiful and alive while the Dead Sea is barren and lifeless. The Sea of Galilee has an outlet; the Dead Sea does not! Water flows through the Sea of Galilee. Water flows into the Dead Sea but not out!
Spiritual input but no spiritual output = Stagnation
If you and I have Spiritual input but no spiritual output, we will become stagnant, lifeless, bitter, and caustic. [taken from Sermon Central]
Christ gives to us living water. His salvation, love, and grace are to flow through us to others. When we take on a consumer mindset connected to our living faith, stagnation sets in.
We’ve seen the living water transform water into wine, a seeker in the dark who comes into the light, an immoral woman into an incredible evangelist, and this week we’ll look at the living water of Christ pouring out in serving others.
I’m thrilled Forum is a living and active and healthy church. This week we celebrate 4 people being baptized into Christ. We celebrate families saying, “Jesus is Lord and Forum is now our church home” as they join the church. There’s so much teeming life going on.
One of the baptisms was for a young man who gets married this Saturday and he wanted to be spiritually right before entering into that covenant. I applaud his desires to lead spiritually in his marriage.
Looking forward to a great weekend with our daughter taking wedding vows and then on Sunday all of us gathering to worship our great God. I can't wait.