Read: Proverbs 25
Key Verses: Proverbs 25:26. “If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.”
Devotional: I love the Jurassic Park movies. I’ve seen all of them, multiple times. I could watch any of those movies at any point of the day regardless of what else I’m doing at the moment. To know that creatures of that size once roamed this planet is fascinating and humbling. God’s ability to create is unlimited and if God is capable of “showing off” He was doing so when He created dinosaurs.
There’s a humorous part in Jurassic Park III where Mr. and Mrs. Kirby (parents in search of their missing son), Dr. Alan Grant and Billy (Archeologist extraordinaries) and a few hired guns are traipsing through the island forest. They happen upon a small stream and decide to break for rest and relief. As Billy is cupping water from the stream for some refreshment you catch a glimpse of Mr. Kirby standing up stream…relieving himself. It’s your classic downstream sabotage. Peeing in the woods is one thing, peeing upstream from where someone is getting drink is another.
If I may be so bold allow me to tie in “peeing upstream” to a practical life lesson from the book of Proverbs. In the Bible God maps out some pretty powerful expectations for His children: we’re supposed to be light and we’re supposed to be salty.
We’re supposed to light up the darkness that surrounds us. You’d have to be blind to not see the darkness that pervades our culture. We’re supposed to be salty. Salt brings flavor to otherwise bland food. Salt preserves as well. When things around us seem to be rotting, we serve as a preserving agent. Those sound like simple to understand concepts but neither of these ideas could be more difficult to live out on a daily basis.
So what happens when we’re not as bright or salty as we know we’re called to be? According to Proverbs 25:26, when we give in, we pollute the fountain and muddy the spring. Fountains and springs are supposed to be bring refreshment and life. You and I are called to bring refreshment and life to those around us.
Many have bought into the idea that their choices only effect themselves. For Christ followers nothing could be further from the truth. Your choices effect not only you but your family, those you influence, your friends and your Christian witness. When you claim Christ and then give in or throw in the towel you not only hurt yourself but you’re in essence sabotaging the stream for those who have come to rely on your for life giving refreshment.
Please don’t hear me say that you need to be perfect. No one has ever lived a perfect life except for Christ Himself. If perfection is your goal you’ve already polluted the fountain and muddied the spring. What this world needs aren’t people who claim to be perfect and fail. What this world need are imperfect people who claim Jesus and still bring life to those around them.
Take Action: Make a list of ways you may be, “peeing upstream” in your home life? Work life? Social life? Parenting? Marriage? How can you better capitalize on your imperfections instead of trying to hide them?
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