“Mark that pool which receives the showers of heaven but has no outlet. It is a blessing to no one, but in stagnant selfishness poisons the air around. Now look at the stream flowing from the mountainside, refreshing the thirsty land through which it passes. What blessing it brings! One would think that in giving so liberally it would exhaust its resources. But not so. It is a part of God's great plan that the stream that gives shall never lack; and day by day and year by year it flows on its way, ever receiving and ever giving.” 'My Life Today', pg. 223. So, shall we be a creek or a swamp? It will not do to only receive blessings from Christ, and hoard them. To learn from Him, daily, and never impart it. If we do this, we might end up looking like this:
Neither will it do to give away all that we have, and never be replenished from on High. That would make a desert. Desert's are kind of neat, but they don't do a whole lot of good for anyone. But, if we are constantly receiving from Christ, and constantly imparting what we receive to others, we will be like a stream. Maybe It will start like a small spring, then a creek, then a river. But we can never exhaust God's boundless ocean of grace! Are we willing? “...freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
Happy new year!