Saturday, May 17, 2008

My Shower & God's Power

Got a new showerhead for the master bath. It’s adjustable with several spray variations. It’s new, it’s shiny, it has options. It can do quite a bit with water. At least that is what the maker advertises. Unfortunately, it has a built-in “water-saving” device that regulates, actually limits, the flow through the head.

It was intended to save water – because we all know that water needs savin’. However, since the new showerhead restricts the flow of H20, I’ve noticed that I now have to take longer showers. What used to take 5 minutes now takes 10 minutes. The alleged “saving” of water, is costing me time and refreshment – plus, since I’m taking longer showers, how can I really be saving water?

Anyway, the whole thing got me thinking –as things often do – about how that many of us Christians are like that showerhead. We’re supposed to allow the free-flow of the Holy Spirit in and through us, but often times, we stop it up. Regulate it. Limit it. We don’t go with the flow. We just say no!

Jesus said in John 7:38, “the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out” of each of us. It is the will of God for us to allow the flow of the Holy Spirit through our lives continuously. God wants us to be channels, or streams that allow the Holy Spirit to flow mightily.

Do you think I'm going to leave that limiter in my new showerhead? Whatever I need to do to get rid of it is on the agenda. It is coming out! I really want -- and need -- more of a flow than what I have been getting.

Is the Holy Spirit flowing to the maximum capacity in your life? Or are you limiting the flow -- stopping the Holy Spirit from working in and through your life? In 1 Thessalonians 5:19, Paul wrote the following admonition to Christians; “do not quench the Spirit.” Why not take off the limiters? Remove whatever thing is stopping the movement of the Spirit in your life.

Let the streams of refreshing - the water of life - flow through you today.


Karlene said...

Good word! Thanks for sharing! -K

Anonymous said...

Great word Pastor Tim!
Grace and peace to you,
Carla Torrence
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14