Staying Fresh in the Flow of Fulfillment

by Herschel on July 18, 2013

Jordan River

Jordan River flowing into the Sea of Galilee

My dad recently passed away. He was a “pack-rat” who kept everything from 50-year-old bank statements to hundreds of little bars of “hotel” soap. Now I have to clean all that old stuff out of his house. By contrast, my wife likes to get rid of things. Each spring, we go through our stuff to see what we can give away. It helps keep our home (and our lives) from becoming too cluttered, musty and dusty (and it feels good to give things away, too!).

Giving is one way to stay fresh in the flow of fulfillment in Christ. God has promised to bless us if we’ll share what He’s given us. We hoard our treasures because we don’t really trust His promises related to giving (Luke 6:38). According to financial counselor and author, Ron Blue, generous, enthusiastic givers are the happiest people in the world.

In the “Parable of the Talents” (Matt. 25:14-30), those who take risks and invest the blessings and gifts entrusted to them receive dividends and rewards, while the one who hides and protects his talent will ultimately lose it. We’re not supposed to hoard the blessings God gives us, but to invest them in eternal things and “lay up treasures in heaven” (Matt. 6:19-21).

There are two “seas” (actually lakes) in Israel, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is teeming with fish, and it irrigates a major farming area. It is filled with life and gives life to all around it. Like its name, the Dead Sea is dead. Its water is poisonous; no fish can live in it, and it is in the midst of a barren desert.

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Seas of Israel

The Jordan River feeds both seas with fresh water, so what’s the difference? The water flowing into the Sea of Galilee pours out again, while the Dead Sea has no outlet. The water in the Dead Sea stagnates and evaporates leaving behind concentrated salts and minerals that make life in its waters impossible.

If we share our blessings, we’ll stay fresh; we’ll have the life of Christ in us, and we’ll be a source of His life to others. If we attempt to hoard our blessings, we’ll become stagnant, and the things we hoard will lose their eternal value. We are meant to be conduits, not receptacles of God’s blessings.

Worship Well by Giving It Away! It’s the only way to stay fresh in the flow of fulfillment.

HH

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