I grew up in the Los Gatos, San Jose area of California. This region did not have lakes but it did have a park and reservoir named, Vasona. In the middle of suburbia and congestion, it was a nice escape of fifty-seven acres water surface where one could picnic, rent boats and enjoy hiking at the water’s edge. There were even areas where fishing was allowed. It was not enormous, but it was a welcome respite from asphalt and concrete.
A reservoir can be enjoyed by many but there are limits. It is contained to one specific area. A channel however, may have wider access and appeal as it is not so contained. Water flowing through a channel can meander through miles and miles of countryside. I recently heard a pastor ask if we were behaving like a reservoir or a channel!
Our verse for today reminds us of God’s purpose for our lives. Although good works are not the means of our salvation, they do indicate a life that is saved. He wants our lives to have an influence for Him. There are good works He has planned in advance for us to accomplish. He wants to channel His blessings through us to others. With God’s Spirit living within us, we are filled with streams of living water! There are “thirsty hearts” surrounding us in desperate need of His living water (John 4:10).
It is too easy to remain a “reservoir,” not bothering to leave my comfort zone. Lord, keep me moving towards those who are thirsty for You!