Learning to Drink Living Water

“Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith Jehovah: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.”
Jeremiah 42:11 ASV

More harm than good is accomplished when we unmask the enemy without revealing the Savior. If we acknowledge our sin and stop short of discovering how Jesus is able to fill our emptiness, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Conscience will simply be further silenced when sooner or later broken cisterns are hewn out all over again. Rather than attempting to effect change through a fearful focus on our great sinfulness, we must choose to dwell upon Jesus as our completely sufficient savior.

The use of fear to motivate change makes for a shallow foundation. When highlighting the danger of worldly music, movies, or video games, great interest is often awakened. Many individuals immediately purge their homes expecting their victory complete. Unfortunately dying to self is not as simple as breaking a cd or torching a video game console. Only experiencing how much better Jesus is than the best this world has to offer can effect a fundamental change in our heart.

Sounding the alarm against this world's deceptions and distractions is only part of our calling as children of God. Making disciples involves teaching people to drink from the fountain of living waters. It is a painstaking task that requires us to suffer long with people and bear their burdens, just as Jesus does for us. When we love people like this they experience Christ in a way that outshines the idols in their lives. In the end, people will invest in what they believe will satisfy them most. As we faithfully address the evils of our time may our focus remain on the wonderful love of Jesus and the power he has to eradicate the love of sin in our hearts.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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