Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Here's the thing about rocks, and I know you're probably thinking you'd still like to be one. (Please, I hope you're content with your little thing by now.)

When you throw a rock into the water, it makes an awesome splash, a pretty cool noise, and sinks with a resounding *thunk*. A big sploosh, if you want to call it that. And then it's there, and that's nice. There's a rock in the water.

Have you known people like this? They take every bit of their strength, throw themselves into Jesus (the Living Water) and you can hear the *thunk* a mile away. They make a big splash, a cool noise, and now they're there. You can see them in Jesus. But what's the point?

It does a man no good to see another man in Jesus. It is no encouragement to the soul to see someone else being a Christian. Because when I see you in Christ, I'm looking at you. I'm looking at the way you live. I'm looking at the way you love. I'm looking at the way you function in this world as a person living in Christ. I'm looking at you in the water, and you're just kind of sitting there. You're a rock in the water.

But a pebble...

A pebble makes ripples. There's no sound, no glory. Not much of a splash to talk about. But it sends the water moving out in the gentlest of motions until suddenly, you're mesmerized by the sea and you've completely lost track of the pebble, which is settling in nicely in its own little place.

That's the difference between a rock and a pebble. If you're a big thing that you give into Jesus, then I'm looking at you. But give God your little thing, and all of a sudden, I'm watching the water move. I'm watching the little ripples spread out from your life. I'm watching God work as He moves across the waves. I'm watching Living Water, moved by your little thing. And I'm not distracted any more by you.

And there you are, settling into your own little place, coming to rest in the depths of the water. And do you know what you've started? Do you know what you've set off?

It's the gentlest of motion, an amazing grace, a humble invitation, a quiet peace.

Whoda thunk it?

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