Water Brings Forth Life, Spiritual Life
Written by Rise & Shine on April 1, 2021
In the earliest act of creation, the Bible tells us that God separated earth from the heavens, and that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Gen 1:2 NKJV) God saw that life needed water for continued growth and health. Without it, living things wither and die.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
The same is true of our spiritual life and growth. Without the life giving power of God’s flowing Spirit pouring into and nourishing us, our spiritual landscape becomes dry and cracked. It’s unable to be fertile soil in which seeds of life can take deep root and grow. When that happens, we wither and die. As disciples nourished by the presence of the Spirit, we are called to go and baptize and teach what we have been taught. (Matt 28: 19-20) In short, we’re called to irrigate.
In a culture that is thirsting for more… That’s increasingly dehydrated because of an attempt to dam up the flow of living water by trying to silence the voice of God’s people in public squares so others’ don’t have to be faced with “judgmental” proclamation that sin exists… we as Christians should understand the necessity of being called to bring the fount of life to the world. When we find the way to bring that water into peoples’ parched and dry souls, new life begins to bubble up in their hearts.
It isn’t an easy task. But it’s a task that the Christ found so important, that He carved a furrow all the way to the top of a hill called Golgotha by dragging a Roman cross that WE deserved to carry. Our salvation grows from THAT irrigative work; allowing the living waters to flow over, around and through us… nourishing us into eternal life.