THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: AN ANALOGY FROM THE WATER DISPENSER III
If you have been following this water dispenser series(read I and II if this is your first read), I have being drawing an analogy from the water dispenser and comparing it with the life of a Christian. Today I‘ll provide three points to take care of a Drained, Stained and broken down dispenser.
1.Get Back into Fellowship.
“Abide in me, and I in you...“ (John 15:4).
There is a danger we all face as Christians: going for weeks and sometimes months without a personal devotional life which leaves us drained without any vitality. If we have to replenish and renew our flow to others and became effective in dispensing life to others, we ourselves need a renewal and a replenishing through daily fellowshipping. You can't detach from your source and expect to continue giving.
2. Allow the Word to cleanse you.
I stopped playing “holier than thou“ long ago; its a boring life to live, it helps no one---fact is that life is full of challenges that can knock you off; but God is very graceful and loves us so much He has given us His word to cleanse us and expose ourselves to us. The Word cleanses and restores more than any self-help strategy can: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.“ (John 17:17).
3. God has to take Somethings away or Replace Them
When a dispenser breaks down, it has to be dismantled and repaired---some parts taken away and others replaced. This is to make it function effectively again. God in an attempt to make us effective, also take out or add new things to our lives. “...every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth[pruneth] it, that it may bring forth more fruit“ (John 15:2). If you have some Agric knowledge, you know what pruning does. It takes away “excess branches“ to allow more room for growth. Some things must go out of your life to make room for more fruit. Pruning is not fun, if the plant can talk, it will surely express pain: Arghh! Ouch! This means God does allow pain for growth. The pruning process in our lives is custom made and might differ from person to person but with one aim. More Fruit! More efficiency!