THE WATER PITCHER
A pitcher sits in the middle of the table, empty.
Each place that has also been set has a tall, beautiful glass, ready for water, and like the pitcher, empty.
Who then, will fill the pitcher so that each glass can be filled and enjoyed?
He fills each of us so that we in turn have something to give to others.
How do we get filled?
By being in His presence, worshipping, listening, reading Scripture and fellowship.
How do we pour out what we are given?
First, by praying: This is the most important thing we can do; then, by listening, speaking, giving, serving or simply being present.
We cannot fill ourselves. All of the striving and good works in the world will never do what God does. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.
The pitcher in the middle of the table has been filled.
Now those who gather around it to share in a meal are drinking from the glasses that were filled from the pitcher.
Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, meekness, gentleness, self control and faith abound.