Rivers, not reservoirs…

“The he (Jesus) opened their(the disciples) minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are my witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:45-48

Jesus opened up the minds of the disciples and explained to them the Good News once more of what he had done for them and for the world. Then he told them that this incredible news should be proclaimed to all nations. They learned so that they could tell others. Rico Tice, an Anglican minister at All Souls Church in London, said that we should stop being reservoirs and start being rivers. That statement rattled my cage a bit when I heard it. So many of us just want to learn about the Bible and about Jesus and about the church and truth and the Gospel. We enjoy the studies and the small groups and a good sermon. We enjoy the fellowship of other Christians and singing songs together. But, too often we are only reservoirs of information about God, but we are not rivers of living water to others. We have been called by our great Savior to be rivers – not reservoirs.

The truth of the incredible work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and his glorious resurrection from the dead and his life of perfect obedience has been made known to us so that we can be witnesses of it to a lost and troubled world. We as individual disciples of Jesus as well as in our gatherings as churches need to be witnesses of the Good News. “For God so loved that world that he gave his only son…”

The incredible grace of God is not just a pool to swim in, but it is a river that goes out into all the world. We are the proclaimers. We are the truth tellers. We are the Good Newsers. We are the evangelists. We have been told so that we may tell others.

We are rivers – not reservoirs.

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One Response to Rivers, not reservoirs…

  1. Matt S. says:

    This is a good word, Ambrose. About your point that too often we’re operating only as “reservoirs of information about God” – much of what we think of as “Christian conversation/interaction” is only talking “around” Jesus, and really not touching on the heart of religion, which has the effect of deadening our appreciation of grace. This carries over to how we witness to those around us. The Gospel – it turns out – is not only uncomfortable to unbelievers, but oddly remains a point of discomfort to those who have received and enjoy the blessings of it, at least in the sense of openly reveling in the grace of God with other brethren. Our sharing of the Gospel with each other (the training grounds) needs to get beyond the conveying of information, or we won’t be effective witnesses to the lost. This is not to say that there isn’t a place for small talk or formal bible studies, but these are only means to lead us into the kinds of interactions that truly edify and equip, and frame our hearts to long to see the lost saved. Maybe someone will write a book called, “Why Christians are Uncomfortable with the Gospel”.

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