Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup, uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket. -Nancy Spiegelberg
The same grace that saves us also enables us. Grace begins the good work in us and grace completes every good work in and through us.
Grace can be compared to water flowing from a fountain. It cools, refreshes and cleanses. And the waters of grace are not stagnant. No! The springs of grace are living waters. They have power to initiate spiritual awakening in the seeker. They have ability to revive and cheer the droopy saint. The living waters can bring refreshment and comfort to the weary soul. These springs of life bubble up continuously and the living waters are an ever-flowing tonic to maintain and support spiritual life in the souls of those who partake of them. Any who will, may come and freely drink from the eternal springs at the fountain of grace.
As water quenches the thirst and invigorates the body, consuming the tonic of grace satisfies the souls of the recipients and stirs them up for service. The waters of grace grow desire in our hearts toward labors of love. If we desire any good work and wish to be made useful to others, this is the gift of God. He not only works in us these compelling desires, but also fills our souls with unexplainable joy and peace. How different is this from the apathy of those unhappy souls who are not inclined to join in any good work. If we credit grace as the source of all the goodness in us or done by us, we not only give glory to God, but we show others where our strength and nourishment can be found.
What do you need from the fountain of grace? Do you need the cleansing tonic? Or, the refreshing tonic? Whatever your need, come and drink heartily of the living waters there.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” -John 4:10