Stirring

Stirring (Still)Today’s Word: ‘Stirring’ as in… Christ in us causes all kinds of stirring in us and through us.

God is at work in us through the power of the Spirit. Even when we don’t feel like much is going on, God’s Spirit is continually moving and dynamic, bubbling, churning, welling up from the very depths of our lives.

Try this…

Take two pans and fill each of them with water. Set each of them on the stove and, being very careful, turn one of the burners on ‘high’ and watch it until the water boils. As the heat begins to warm the water in the one pan, finally coming to a boil, watch what happens to the water. What do you see? Bubbles. Steam. Movement. Condensation. Rippling water.

Now look at the other pan of water—the one without any heat under it. What do you see? What don’t you see?

Find an old-school bible or go online and read the story in John 5:2-9 about a man who was experiencing the love of Christ bubble up in his life!

Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?”

The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”

Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.

He’d been unable to “move freely about the country” for something like 38 years. Jesus encountered him and asked, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.” Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.

God wants our lives to be like water that is stirred up!

Look again at both of the pans of water. The more the pan is exposed to the heat, the more dynamic it becomes: With Christ in you, your life can bubble! With Christ in you, your life can shake! With Christ in you, your life can let off steam! With Christ in you, your life can move! With Christ in you, you can live!

(adapted from my writing in “Christ In Me: 30 Next-Level Encounters.” ©2002, Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, Colorado)Christ In Me

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