For sometime I’ve been fascinated with geographical and hydrological features in God’s creation. Since our family moved to Colorado several years ago, I’ve given plenty of thought about the continental divide where a drop of rain water or snow melt could flow toward two distinct oceans by virtue of being deposited on either side of this impressive feature.

In northeastern Israel, the Sea of Galilee, Jordan River and Dead Sea have taken on more of spiritual significance to me as I learn and grow more from God’s Word and thumb to the back of my Bible where the maps are. When we think of the Sea of Galilee its easy to think back on Jesus’ early disciples, fishing it’s waters and learning from their master, Jesus Christ. In the modern nation of Israel, this body of water boasts of significance to the region as the largest freshwater lake in the country and supplies around one third of the drinking water needed for the people there. The outflow from the Sea of Galilee flows south into the lower Jordan River and Jordan River Valley which supplies a significant amount of the irrigation water needed in Israel’s thriving agricultural industry. Satellite images on Google Earth reveal a green stripe of productive vegetation along the Jordan’s 140 mile journey through arid landscapes to the river’s terminus in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea by contrast to the Sea of Galilee, is characterized by high salinity (9 times that of the ocean), lack of biological life in it’s waters and no geographical outflow.

Our life in Christ can be much like the story of these bodies of water. On one hand we can find ourselves in the midst of the abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10, to the point where we don’t just thrive personally, but also overflow into people downstream of us. On the other hand, we can find that we have become lifeless, evaporating under the heat of the world and environment around us. I can personally attest to spiritual seasons where I have been a Sea of Galilee, a Jordan River and unfortunately a Dead Sea.

The key variable in both the spiritual and hydrological example discussed here is a function of inflow exceeding outflow.

Jesus makes it clear to His disciples in John Chapter 15 using the example of the vine and the branches. When we abide in Jesus, the true vine, we bear much fruit but apart from Him we can do nothing.

When we remain and draw our nourishment up from Jesus, He supernaturally brings about fruit that remains. We need this inflow from our Lord to sustain us and allow us to participate in connecting those around us to the real source of living water.

In Ephesians 3:20 the apostle Paul writes, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” This is a unique view from Paul where the power of God is able to do some unimaginable things in our life. As we abide in Christ, we see the power of God at work in our lives and in the lives of others.

As we enter into the season of the year where we remember and celebrate the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we remember that God has supreme power over any situation and condition that we might encounter in this life including death (John 11:25-26).

For those of us who find ourselves in the midst of dryness, sin, disappointment, or discouragement I encourage you pray the words of a repentant David in Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

My prayer for Discovery Fellowship this Easter is from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”

May the people of Discovery Fellowship Church overflow with the joy of their salvation!