Once upon a time, there was a man who was lost in a desert filled with snakes and scorpions. He was dying of thirst. As the story goes, a hand came out of nowhere with a pump, a jug filled with water and a bucket nearby. A neon guidepost cried out: “PRIME THE PUMP BY POURING ALL THE WATER FROM THE JUG INTO THE TOP OF THE PUMP AND PUMP THE HANDLE UNTIL THE WATER COMES OUT. IF YOU DO THIS YOU WILL GET ALL THE WATER OF LIFE YOU NEED! BE SURE TO REFILL THE JUG WITH WATER FOR THE NEXT LOST PERSON”.
What is the interpretation of this parable?
• The “desert” is the ignorance of God’s plan he is lost in that has mastery over him.
• The “snakes and scorpions” are the falsehoods that lure him to rest in his ignorance.
• “Dying of thirst” is a God-given, burning desire within him that cries out for an abundant life.
• The “hand out of nowhere” is God’s love extended to him as He cares for him.
• The “jug” is the hope of a better life in Christ Jesus.
• The “water” is his God-given time, talents, treasures and gifts of loving service.
• The “neon guidepost” is the God-given plan that he uses with his God-given abilities.
• The “pump” is the man’s opportunity to work out God’s plan in his life.
• “Pouring the water in the pump” is a willingness to use his God-given abilities to help others.
• “Pumping the pump handle” is the work he is giving to others for their mutual benefits.
• The “bucket” is his safekeeping the abundance of blessings given him in Christ Jesus.
• The “results” are the continual benefits he pumps out of himself as he faithfully works the plan.
• The “benefits” are the blessings given to him for giving his all for everyone’s good.
• “Filling the jug with water for the next person” is sharing his life’s blessings with others.
You are confronted with everyday choices. You thirst for something better. Maybe your bad choices have produced disappointment, disillusion, guilt and a thirst to be free. You are confronted with three indisputable life-changing decisions that influence your lifestyle. They are: 1. What God will I serve? 2. Who will I marry? and 3. What career will I follow? You are free to take charge of your own life. Love for The True and Living God will propel you to love others. This enables you to use your career to bless God and others. “If you give people what they want, you can have everything you want” – Zig Ziglar. He who pours out his life for others, motivated by loving service, can live the abundant life.
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