The Give-Up Season series
After The Resurrection
There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long time, his throat became parched, about that time he saw a little shack in the distance. He made his way over to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note.
The note read: "pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it, if you do this, you will get all the water you need."
Now the man had a choice to make if he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked he would have all the water he needed. If it didn't work, he would still be thirsty, and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be enough, and he still might die. After thinking about it, the man decided to risk it. He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle; at first, nothing happened, and he got a little scared, but he kept going, and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower, and filled all the containers he could find.
Because he was willing to give up momentary satisfaction, he got all the water he needed. Now the note also said: after you have finished, please refill the jug for the next traveler." The man refilled the jug and added to the note: "Please prime the pump, believe me, it works!"
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.
The Strong, Creator God (Genesis 1:1, 2), we look to You for direction and wisdom, and for this, we say thanks. We tear our hearts and not our garments because it's our hearts that need to be torn from selfish desires, and for this, we praise You. We decree and declare blessings for You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and great of kindness, we look for Your return, so that; the life that we live in this flesh we show forth Your Glory for the everlasting Kingdom. Now, for the Kingdom and the Glory of God, we petition, with anointing in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, Amen.