Chris and I picked up this dead tree limb a few days ago. The ferns were curled up and crisp. We brought it home and watered down the log and then I placed it on the inside edge of the pond where it could soak up the water. The limb is rotten and the fern was near death but because of a constant water source life has been restored to this once dead fern.
Do you know that Jesus is that source of life for us?
John 4:10 Jesus says to the Samaritan woman, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”
Living water is, of course, a metaphor that represents the heart knowledge of God and the grace He gives us which provides cleansing and redemption, as well as the Holy Spirit that won’t let us stay the way we were – transformation. It is an ever constant flow of power and knowledge at the source of our core. But we have to “tap” in to it.
We have to be submerged in that living source.
If that log had stayed where we found it then it would be completely withered away. It needed watering, but more than a one time watering – it needed to be submerged in water in order to flourish.
Jesus can take what once was dead and rotten and curling up crisp and breathe life back in to it.
But we have a choice – to feed our soul or to starve it. To be in a relationship with Jesus or to go to Him merely when trials beckon our door.
Are we dried up and withering or are we flourishing and producing the fruit we are intended to produce?
Those are tough questions but my heart’s desire is to flourish in such a way it brings others to a saving knowledge of Him. That somehow the lost or hurting will see me and want what I have – not because of what I’ve done though – but what He has done and is doing in me and through me.
Only Jesus can do in a person what He’s done in me.
Praise be to God for His pursuit and transforming power through Living Water.
Oh Lord, thank you for new life and fresh starts. Thank you for reaching down to the depths of Sheol to save a wretch like me. Use me to share the gospel with others and offer hope through salvation in You. Thank you, Jesus for being my all sufficient. Amen.
Jeremiah 17:8, They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.