Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Last week was a pivotal time for me. It was a time that I can look back and remember how, from that moment forward, everything changed. Last week, for the first time as a homeowner, I got drinking water from my faucet.
Why is that such a big deal? Let me explain:
Two years ago when my wife and I moved into our condo, we were happy with everything as it was. The carpet, the flooring, the appliances; everything was great! All except for one thing – there was no system in place for drinking water. Either we could drink tap water or not drink at all (and in the valley, neither of those are a good choice). Sure, a pitcher filter could have done the job, but when you’re a coffee-brewing, tea-steeping, kombucha-making family like mine, you have to have the purest water available. At the time, I didn’t know what kind of filtration system to get, so the short-term solution looked like this: I filled up large containers of water at a local Water n’ Ice, eight gallons at a time. I loaded them into my trunk, drove them to my house, and then lugged them up the stairs. Every week. For two years.
This was supposed to be a temporary solution. It was just supposed to be something that I did until I could get a legitimate reverse osmosis system in place in a month or two. But as time went on, even though I knew in my head that a reverse osmosis system would be easier, I became comfortable with a temporary solution. It was like using a spare tire as a daily driver.
It was such a broken system that when I finally got a filtration system installed, I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to get one in the first place. I no longer had to worry about managing how much water I had left before I needed to refill. I no longer had to lug full bottles up the stairs and empty ones back to the water store. I remembered why I wanted a water filter in the first place – it made my life a lot better.
I think some of us are guilty of the same thing. We’re forgetting that we’re still doing things “the old way” rather than examining what God wants us to be doing simply because it’s comfortable or we’re used to it. But if we are open to being stretched, I think God has something more in mind for all of us. And although this could really refer to anything, I want to challenge that thought specifically about inviting people to Easter services here at Central.
Whether you’ve never invited somebody to a church service or you’ve invited somebody each week, I truly think you should be intentionally inviting someone to a service this Easter. The whole service will be filled with the good news that Jesus has defeated death and how that gives us hope for the future. I don’t think I’m reaching when I say that’s a message that everybody needs to hear, and we need to do our part in spreading that message.
You see, even with the convenience of drinkable water from my tap, it’s only temporary because I’ll still get thirsty after I drink it. Just like Jesus says in John 4:13-14,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
When you think of your neighbors, coworkers, friends, or family, why not think about extending them an invitation to an Easter service? They are thirsty, and your invite could be the very thing that introduces them to the Living Water. That’s not something anybody should be procrastinating.Click here for the photo credit on this post