First Things @ First

We too often take for granted the modern conveniences of today. Like flipping on a light switch to see in the dark or opening a valve to get a drink of water.

I read a story the other day from O.S. Hawkins about an annual trip he and his parents would take from Texas to Tennessee when he was a young boy. Hawkins recalled how his great uncle and great aunt owned a small one room country store situated on the side of a mountain in Pikeville, Tennessee. Their home had no running water. And that fascinated this lad from Texas. His great uncle and great aunt did have an old surface pump well just outside the back of their house. To use it, you would take a little water from a Mason jar and pour it into the pump to prime it. Then you would pump, pump, pump until the water started flowing. When you stopped pumping, the water quit flowing. And the pump would soon need to be primed again if you wanted more water. In that story, Hawkins described another kind of well, an artesian well. An artesian well is drilled deep into the flowing stream that lies beneath the surface. These streams can literally be rivers of water. No one needs pump this kind of well. All that a person must do for water is to tap the stream.

Hawkins concluded by saying this--'there are too many Christ followers like that old pump well. They are very shallow. To get them to serve God, you have to prime the pump--and then pump, pump, pump. Then there are those who have tapped into the 'river of life' and are being continuously filled with the Spirit. Their lives overflow with fullness. Some want to be served, while those filled with His fullness want to serve. Which are you?' end

Sobering thought as we work our way through the first quarter of 2021. A year that will continue to be filled with many opportunities to serve.

The Word of God says, "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

May others be blessed by His continuous free flowing fullness in your life in 2021! Especially knowing that the other alternative leaves a person tired and thirsty.

As you live life and take advantage of one of our many modern conveniences, remember 'the tap' of His abundant supply in your soul and let it flow!

Blessings from His supply,

Pstr K

Psalm 27:1

(ref. O.S.Hawkins--The Apostle's Code'--pges 34-35