Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Double Devotions for The High Calling

I was asked by The High Calling to write two devotions for this week on the topic of "What holds you back at work?"  If you would like to see the posts in their entirety go to their website.  Below are small excerpts of what you will find there.  Thanks to The High Calling for asking and for actually posting the devotions. While you're visiting them sign up for their daily reflections.  Blessings.
"Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 
When one agrees to become an employee or start their own business they say Yes to many things. Yes to the invitation to be present at the workplace. Yes to the hours. Yes to the salary. Yes to work with the people employed there. Yes to being capable and willing to do the tasks of the employment. We may not know every detail when we agree to a place of employment, but we say Yes to the things we know. 
But, what do you do when what you agreed to becomes more than you bargained for? What do you do when you feel trapped, held back, or even downright misled?....
2.  Life Springs up from Within
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”  John 4:13-15

Sitting by a well with a woman desperate for acceptance and love that Jesus makes a very startling statement.  “The water that I give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” While it is true in our human condition no water will satisfy forever, we will all need to drink again and again less we become dehydrated.  But Jesus is talking about something more sustaining and eternal life giving.  There is a big difference between a well and a spring.  In a well, you have to go get the water and draw it out of the depths of the earth.  A spring is different.  Spring water comes from the earth just as well water, but it has found a place to surface.  It is there for all to enjoy.  Spring water has been filtered by the earth and permeable rocks before breaking forth from the earth so it is very clean and drinkable.
Jesus is saying that the life he gives is not like a well.  We do not have to go and get it.  Instead the life Jesus gives is a “spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” It comes from Christ and resides in us and gushes up to eternal life.....

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