Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

Be Thou My Vision

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

25th November 2012

One of my favourite hymns is one that dates back to 8th Century Ireland - “Be Thou My Vision”.

The plea of that hymn is that the vision of God would represent:

  • Our best thought
  • Our wisdom and
  • Our shield and sword for the fight in life's battlefield.

It is a plea that we would be God-like in our lives, for He is our:

  • Dignity
  • Delight
  • Shelter
  • High tower
  • Inheritance and
  • Treasure

The High King of heaven should be ruler over all of our life.

Is this our vision?

For many, a vision will never materialise into anything positive or worthwhile.

In a Peanuts comic strip, there was a conversation between Lucy and Charlie Brown. Lucy said that life is like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they are going; some place it so they can see where they have been; and some place it so they can see where they are at present. Charlie Brown's reply: “I can't even get mine unfolded.”

Many people have had visions but like Charlie's deck chair, they have never been unfolded.

Here’s a vision Paul had about being a Christian and sharing the gospel of Christ:

‘Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings’. (1 Corinthians 9:19–23)

Here Paul gives several important principles for our Christian life:

  1. Find common ground with those you come into contact with
  2. Avoid a know-it-all attitude
  3. Make others feel accepted
  4. Be sensitive to their needs and concerns and
  5. Look for opportunities to tell them about Christ

This vision of how we behave towards others and conduct Christian ministry is just as valid for us as it was for Paul.

If God, the High King of heaven, is our inheritance and treasure then our vision should be that that our fellow man accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour and experience that treasure and inheritance themselves.

Have a good week becoming all things to all people so that by all possible means we might save some.

Pastor Barry

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