I believe we should all follow Jesus as our example for living a holy life. Healing the sick, loving the unlovable, giving his life away for the sake of others, teaching the true way to God, growing others into strong disciples: these are all things that Jesus did while here on earth.
I was reading my Bible the other day when I stumbled on a very interesting verse in Psalm 110. Now, I believe that this is a prophetic psalm about Jesus ruling and reigning on the earth in His second coming. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. Anyway, after saying a bunch of really amazing stuff about Jesus coming and destroying nations and killing rulers, the last verse stuck out to me as extremely interesting:
“He will drink from the brook by the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.” -Psalm 110:7
Now, if you’ve been in church as long as I have, you’ve probably heard this phrase or something similar: “If you see a ‘therefore’, see what it’s there for.” I think this is a really great practice to have when reading the Bible(or anything, for that matter), because the word “therefore” implies a cause-and-effect relationship. If you want to know why something is what it is, just read backwards a little. In the case of this verse, the answer lies in the first half of the verse. You see, those two lines are not disconnected at all; they have everything to do with each other.
Since this verse is about Jesus, I think we can apply a Biblical principal to our lives here. Here we see the purposeof refreshing, vacations, sabbaths, resting. What is the purpose of gaining strength? It is this: to lift up your head and keep going. Use the energy gained in times of refreshing to do your job better than ever, whatever God has called you to do.
Growing up in the charismatic church, I’ve heard people say things like this a lot: “Wow, that worship was awesome.” Not that there is anything wrong with an awesome worship service, but I get the feeling that some people misunderstand the purpose. Worship is praise to God, not entertainment for you. Worship should definitely uplift your spirit, because through worship, you are communicating with the Holy Spirit of God, the source of all comfort. Resting in His arms should give you the most satisfying refreshment you’ve ever experienced. If a worship service doesn’t produce this in you, I question the attitude of your heart.
Anyway, to get to my point, the purpose of this Water of Life is not selfish. Refreshment from the Lord is not just for personal use. You’re a dealer. If you’ve been raised up with the strength of Christ, the love and peace that does not fade, the world around you should be getting the same thing from you. It is because of your connection to the One that you will lift up your head to see the world around you. Lift up your head to see the hurting and the discouraged, and then do something about it. We have no excuse, when we are connected to the source of all life.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” -Galatians 5:22-23a