Readings from Frank Laubach (Part 7)

A River and Not a Puddle

Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water’”(John 7.37-38).

A river is open at the source to the water that pours into it. It is also open from the source all the way to the mouth where it empties into the sea.

A puddle is open to the sky to receive the rain, but has no outlet.

If we want to be a river, we must be open both to God and to people.

How shall we keep open toward people? Two ways:

(1) Prayer – The prayer of intercession connects God and other people; it is one of the purest forms of service, the mightiest single power on earth.

(2) Deeds of Kindness – It may be through talking to people, feeding them, healing them or serving with loving deeds.

We become channels like Jesus by being willing and unselfish. But the moment we desire to keep any of the power for ourselves we cease to flow.

The Spirit of God doesn’t flow until the “me” is washed out and only the pipe line is left.

Stop being a terminus and become a bridge. Stop being a bucket and become a pipe. This is the secret of receiving the power of God.


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