Phew hasn’t it been hot! When we are feeling the heat, there is nothing quite like a long tall glass of iced water. Water is essential to our good health, our body is composed of about 60% water. We need it for digestion, circulation, transporting nutrients, the list goes on. Water is in fact a source of life. People, plants and animals simply can’t function well or meet potential without it. Here in Australia we know the importance of water, we are surrounded by it, live our lives near it, it is part of who we are. Whether we have access to enough of it dictates how we live and what we can achieve.
In John 4, Jesus uses water to explain our need for Him as our eternal provider of life. Jesus still extends that invitation to all men and women today, revealing where we can find the answer to our questions and the fulfillment of our desires. It is up to us, to draw from Him, His Words, to let ourselves be saturated with Him and His message. If you know what it is like to drink in His Spirit, how wonderful, but are we living out every moment sharing the Gospel? To avoid suffering thirst, we must give others that Living Water. Each moment we seek to live for Him is like drinking another drop, every gesture of love for those around us, is another sip. If we continue to give, this fountain of peace and life will pour out abundantly and never dry up. Let’s decide to intentionally share the refreshing, soul quenching, heart soothing, living water of Jesus today.
Romans 14:19 MEV “Therefore let us pursue the things which produce peace and the things that build up one another”
There is great satisfaction in encouraging people, especially when your own situation is less than ideal. When you tell someone they’re beautiful, you change how they see themselves. When a teacher tells a student they are smart, they work harder and achieve more. When a parent tells a child they are loved, they have more confidence to reach for the stars. When we as a Church family build each other up—we all reap the benefit. We become a united, loving, caring and productive group of people, who, with God’s help grow into the people He designed us to be, doing what He planned for us to do! Who have you encouraged this week? Who will you encourage today?
If you think you’ve nothing of real value to offer others, consider the words of an unknown poet:
‘One song can spark a moment; one flower can wake a dream. One tree can start a forest; one bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship; one handclasp lifts a soul. One star can guide a ship at sea, one word can frame the goal. One vote can change a nation; one sunbeam lights a room. One candle wipes out darkness; one laugh can conquer gloom. One step can start a journey; one word can start a prayer. One hope can raise our spirits; one touch can show you care. One voice can speak with wisdom; one heart can know what’s true. One life can make a difference, you see…. it’s up to you!”
Be Like a Servant
24 Later, the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the world rule over their people, and those who have authority over others want to be called ‘the great providers for the people.’ 26 But you must not be like that. The one with the most authority among you should act as if he is the least important. The one who leads should be like one who serves.27 Who is more important: the one serving or the one sitting at the table being served? Everyone thinks it’s the one being served, right? But I have been with you as the one who serves.
For 2019 as a church and as individuals, let's establish a habit that will continue through the year. When we SERVE others we SERVE Jesus!
You can add value every day if you will…
- VALUE people.
- Think of ways to add VALUE to people.
- Look for ways to add VALUE to people.
- Add VALUE to people.
- Encourage others to add VALUE to people.
Discovering Jesus. Valuing People. Building Community