Friday, January 1st, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 61)
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Proverbs 25:21-22 (NASB)
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, Whom those believing in Him would receive...
John 7:37-39 (NKJV)
God's comparison of burning coals to food and water is intriguing. Could a tenderhearted offer of nourishment toward an enemy help burn away some of the most common misconceptions about Christians?
Like the one where we hate everyone who doesn't look and act like we do? Or the one where we think we are holier than everyone else on earth? Or maybe the one about judgment, like God qualified us to condemn?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: More than Voss, Fiji or Perrier, your water carries God's Own Spirit. He brings life to suffering people. He brings everlasting refreshment. So how exactly is He witnessed?
A surprising act of compassion, a sincerely encouraging word, a pause in your plans to help others, an unexpected invitation, an unusually thoughtful gift, your performance in a nursing home or your kindness in a waiting room.
Because everyone outside of Christ is exceedingly thirsty for love, and out of your heart will flow rivers of living water to revive them.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.