Friday, August 26, 2011

Put It Into Practice

Put It Into Practice
A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Phlippians 4:9
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, 
or seen in me -put it into practice. 
And the God of peace will be with you. 

There are those who have drunk deeply from the wells of salvation, those who have become like trees planted beside living water. Some with roots that reach deep into the ground to find the hidden underground streams. Those waters are available to all of us - but all of us are not thirsty enough. We are content with getting our water from others second hand. Some are trying to quench their thirst on things that don’t satisfy. Jesus speaks to the woman he meets at the well and I believe He speaks to us in this also.  In John 4:14 it says “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

I look at the life of Paul who is the writer of our verse in Philippians. He was not running around trying to find water at this service or another. He had tapped into the source, Jesus. He got what he had to give, directly from Jesus. He had been very zealous as a younger man to study the old testament. It was in him, he had been saturated in it. All he needed was for Jesus to come and meet him in his blindness. In Jesus it all came together and made sense. Jesus became the source of living water in his life. Paul became a vessel for us to drink from. Jesus filled him to overflowing. The truths of God flowed through his life and we are still reading and drinking from them today. We, like Paul need to be delivered of our spiritual blindness - its all just words on a page unless we tap into Jesus. If we drink directly from Him and the seed of our life is planted in Him then as we grow our roots reach deeply into the streams of His living water. We become like a tree that is continually drawing that water through its vast root system. That tree produces fruit in season, its leaves don’t wither. It become a shade and an resting place for the weary. Out of our life grows food for the hungry.  What have I learned or received or heard from Paul, what have I seen in him. I put it into practice - He knew the Word, he drank directly from Jesus. We should follow his example and pick up our fork and begin to feed on God's word.

Things to Ponder:
Am I drinking from the cups of others or am I drinking directly from Jesus?
Dear Lord,  I want you to be the direct source of living water, saturate my life with your presence and make me a cup from which the thirsty may come and drink. Cause me to be fruitful. Help me to put into practice the things I am learning. You are the God of my peace.

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