Isn’t that a beautiful picture? Above is the incredible Sea of Galilee. This is where so much of Jesus’ ministry and miracles took place. The sermon on the mount was preached from an area overlooking this sea. This is the same sea where Jesus recruited 4 of His disciples, where He walked on water, caught a miracle load of fish, calmed the storm and much more. Pretty awesome history!
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This is the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has 35% salt. Almost 10 times what regular seawater has. There is so much salt in the water that no fish, no vegetation, and no other animals can live in it. It makes a few appearances in the Bible as well.
One of these seas is a vacation resort. There is an abundance of life. People want to visit it, live by it, swim in it, and fish in it. The other has killed almost all life that is in or around it. It leaves sand deposits on the beaches that make it unpleasant to be on or around. People report that the smell is very unattractive as well.
What’s interesting about these two seas is that both of them are fed by the Jordan River.
The difference between these two is that the Sea of Galilee not only receives from the Jordan River, but it also has an outlet through which it pours out. The Dead Sea receives from the same river, but it has no means of pouring out.
Some are thinking, “Thanks for the history/geography lesson Jakob… what does this have to do with anything?”
This parallels Christians on so many levels. How many times do we need to be prophesied over, healed, or saved before we begin to share these things with others around us? The world needs it! Jesus let His own disciples hang around, listen to the messages, observe the healing ministry, and receive the benefits of being in relationship with Him. But, Jesus very quickly commissioned those who had been receiving from Him to, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
When we begin to pour out it produces life in us and through us! When we do nothing but receive and never pour out it becomes a dead, stinky mess that nobody wants to be around. I’ve met new believers that know little or nothing about Scripture, gifts, and anointing, but the little that they do have they are excited to pour out. Conversely, I’ve met many “seasoned” believers that can quote the scripture backwards and forwards but are not actively serving, giving, pouring out, or influencing anyone outside of their own pool.
I’ve been in ministry for a while now and I’d gladly serve with the new guy who’s ignorant but passionate and ready to serve over the guy who’s received all revelation, prophecy, and instruction but has settled permanently into their church pew.
Find an outlet to pour out!
Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’