Why Be A Drop In A Bucket When You Can Be A River?




I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ -- Philemon 1:6


Paul prayed that Philemon be active in sharing his faith. Why? So that Philemon would have a full understanding of every good thing that we have in Christ. Why? So that Philemon could reach out in love, refresh the hearts of the saints, welcome back the runaway slave who had stolen from him and become the person God dreamed of when he knit Philemon together in his mother's womb. Then Philemon could be the sort of person who is carried along by the currents of love whose headwater is the throne of God.

Look at this image of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River (headwaters)

Yes, that's the "Mighty Mississippi!" That's the headwater--the place where it starts--coming off Lake Itasca, Minnesota. But as it flows toward Louisiana, it grows to over a mile wide and over 200 feet deep at its deepest point. Its basin produces 92% of the nation’s agricultural exports and 78% of the world’s exports in feed grains and soybeans. This river and its floodplain are home to at least 260 species of fish and sixty percent of all North American birds (326 species) use the Mississippi River Basin as their migratory flyway.

Think about what the body of Christ can do together! Separately we're just an inmate, a slave or a slaveowner. But together we are part of a river that can sweep away the injustices of this world so that there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ who is all, and is in all (Col 3:11). The Mississippi does not stop at every tributary to judge whether or not that stream is worthy—it says, “join us”. In the same manner, the sower in Mark chapter 4 does not stop to judge or evaluate the worth of the soil...he just faithfully spreads the seed and lets God do what he intends to do.

Being part of God's river of love means that you flow all the way to the end. You don't form your own channel because you think you're better than anyone else. You flow, hand in hand, with the people of God until you reach the ocean of heaven. Along the way, may you be active in sharing your faith, and may your love give others great joy and encouragement, and may you refresh the hearts of the saints as you remember others in your prayers!

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Loved the visuals -great illustration of your words.

September 04, 2010 - 02:50
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