words from a broken vessel

What are you drinking?

follow glass faucetReports have surfaced about a water crisis in Flint, Michigan. According to the Washington Post: “Since the city switched suppliers in April 2014, corrosive tap water has caused the level of lead in kids’ blood to soar and has sparked fears of permanent neurological damage. In some cases, the water has been so poisoned by lead that it qualified as ‘toxic waste.’”[1]

follow As a father, I was horrified at the report. The thought of my daughter having lead poisoning because of a government decision infuriated me. No child should have to suffer from drinking something that is supposed to give life!

But then I thought about my own daughter from another perspective. Am I pointing her to Christ, the source of living water? Or am I allowing her to drink the world’s poison?

There is a point in her life that she must choose – either herself or Christ. But since she is given as gift of God, my wife and I have a responsibility to teach her the truth of God and Christ. We are to filter out what is not good for her at this young age.

Please understand: I am not talking about isolation, which does not prepare her for the realities of living in a sin-soaked world. What I am talking about is inoculation, which means training her to know about the realities of this world and the answers found in Scripture.

However, we are still responsible to protect our 3-year-old from things that she cannot fend off. We are to consistently and lovingly strengthen her by teaching her God’s Word and the reason to believe in the gospel.

But what about you? Do you claim Christ and still drink from contaminated wells? Or maybe you are not a Christian but are tired of drinking from the same polluted stream and recognize that it is not satisfying as you once thought. You have been from one person to another, one new fad to another, believed that happiness was found in material wealth, or that new job position, or that new someone, and yet…you are still dry inside.

In John 4, Jesus meets a woman at a well.[2] After asking for a drink, and some conversation about racial differences and historical ancestry, Jesus tells her: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”[3]

So come and drink. There is no cost to you, although it did cost Jesus His life. And you will find it to be the purest and most refreshing water with a surprising health benefit – eternal life!




[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/10/manslaughter-charges-possible-in-flint-water-crisis-says-top-investigator/ [accessed February 10, 16]

[2] The entire account is in John 4:7-42

[3] John 4:13-14 ESV