Are you a Quicker-Picker-Upper? Many years ago I purchased some new towels for use in our bathroom. I was lazy this time and did not wash the towels first before I used them. When I used the towels, to my surprise, they were non-absorbent and totally ineffective. I was frustrated, even somewhat angry, because they were useless and I had spent money on something worthless. After washing them, I found they were serviceable and it was a completely preventable problem.
Do we absorb or repel?
When God calls us out of the world, we are eager to soak up all the information and knowledge we can! Through our daily study of the Bible, listening to sermons, and reading of UCG publications—we have a good beginning. Add the supporting material of concordances, Harmony of the Gospels, e-Sword, etc., and there is much more to aid in our “iron sharpening iron” after Church services each week.
It can feel like you can never have or get enough. That first year of going through one full cycle of holy days was, for me, so eye-opening and incredible.It was the basis for the solid foundation to be laid for the future.I know I felt like a thirsty sponge, lapping up everything I could get. I was dry, deficient, and devoid of the water of life. God called me in the month of November so I learned about the 7 annual Holy Day festivals in God’s order, culminating with the Feast of Tabernacles (FOT) and Eighth Day. I vividly remember entering the hall, dripping wet because it was raining outside, and I couldn’t care less. That had never happened before! Throughout the whole eight days of my first FOT, I concentrated on soaking up all the wisdom that was offered.
We should be like a sponge in absorbing the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ that is never-ending. We will spend a lifetime absorbing God’s truth. Some of the water of life we contain will flow out of us as we share the good news of the coming Kingdom of God to others. Does that mean we will have less water for ourselves? No, not at all. We can drink of the fountain of life continually as much as we desire because God tells us in John 4:14 John 4:14But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
American King James Version×, in Jesus Christ’s words, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
A physical message about a spiritual matter
This message from John 4:14 John 4:14But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
American King James Version×had a profound impact on me and I would like to share the story of what happened to me early on in my conversion.
Most of my life I frequented many different libraries—for myself personally, with all of my children, and for attending university studies. Not just little suburban libraries, but The State Library of South Australia and various campus libraries. I could not honestly tell you how many times I have visited, but I would guess well into the thousands.
Only on one of these occasions, and soon after being called by God, I had a small card pop out of a book I picked up off the shelf. The card read “A message from God to you” on the front. When I folded back the cover, the inside contained the verse from John 4:14 John 4:14But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
American King James Version×. It literally stopped me in my tracks. It was one of those “Aha!” moments, where it was not some offbeat coincidence. It was real. It was life changing. It is not every day that this sort of thing happens; well, not to me anyway. However, the more this road is traveled, the more adventures it contains.
As I draw an analogy to that of a thirsty sponge, I realize that some sponges develop layers to them. The core of the sponge contains the most water, just as we should. Let’s resolve to soak up more of the water of life that God is freely giving to us while considering Revelation 7:9-17 Revelation 7:9-17 9 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and from where came they?
14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sits on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
American King James Version×: ”After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: ’Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen’. Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ’Why are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’ And I said to him, ’Sir, you know’. So he said to me, ’These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
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