Why is the Sea of Galilee fresh, flourishing and lively, and the Dead Sea is dead, smelly and stagnant- though the same living waters of the Jordan River flows into both of these seas?
If you’ll notice on the map, you’ll see the answer. It is because the Sea of Galilee has an inlet and an outlet and the Dead Sea only has an inlet.
Where there’s a constant inlet with no outlet, the waters settle and begin to get stagnant and smelly. Nothing really lives there- except things you don’t want to live.
Yet where there’s an outlet of the fresh waters of life that come from above, there’s life, joy, and excitement.
This is why every time we step out and let God use us, flow through us, serve through us, we are usually more lively and excited and fulfilled.
Am I like the Dead Sea? Do I just receive God’s living words and life of the Spirit and keep it all to myself?
Or am I like the Sea of Galilee, receiving and releasing His Words and Presence to others?
My momma used to tell me, “Son, don’t live to eat, but eat to live.”
That’s very good advice.
And so here, let’s eat the Word and drink of the Spirit to live- to live the life He’s called us to live, to serve the people He’s called us to serve, to bring hope and healing to those who need the Living Waters.
There’s an old song that needs to be revived and fulfilled among us, which goes like this….
There’s a river of life flowing out of me… Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see… Opens prison doors sets the captives free… There’s a river of life flowing out of me.
Spring up, O Well, into my soul.
Spring up, O Well, and make me whole.
Spring up, O Well, and give to me (and others), that Life abundantly \0/