A Cup of Water or an Oasis?
A conversation I had yesterday with Betty and Pastor Tom led us to this illustration. Many people we know are in a desert. They are thirsty and they need a drink of water right NOW! But what they need is an Oasis. A place where they can find plenty of water, shade from the sun and food for strength.
The point of our illustration is simple. People come to church and get a drink of water. They think "All is well"! All isn't well! You are still in the desert, your strength is still being sapped and you need more than a drink of water - you need a spring that doesn't run dry.
To many Christians today are satisfied with to little. Pastors and spiritual leaders offer so much more, but often wonder why people don't take advantage of what is offered? It's simple, people don't think that they need it.
Romans 13:14 Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires. (CEV)
When we try to do everything on our own, with a little help from God from time to time, we think that we are doing GREAT! That we are AWESOME Christian! But the reality is, God wants us to totally rely upon Him. NEWSFLASH - He doesn't think any less of you for totally depending on Him. He loves you that much!!