This past Wednesday night we read from 1 John 3:16-18. Here it is in THE MESSAGE:
This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.
As God pours his love into us we are to pour that love back out to others. For a while now I have used an illustration to demonstrate this from my childhood. Growing up we didn’t have a dishwasher, but I did have a Gran (grandmother) who lived with us so I didn’t wash dishes often. On the few times of torture that I was forced to wash them I had a little game I would play. I would turn on the rinse water and then stack the dishes I had washed up so that the water filled the top glass and then spilled over and filled and covered every dish.
For me that is how God’s love is in our lives. It fills us up and then spills over to others. I have been looking for a good way to explain this (if it wasn’t for the clean up I would use a Chocolate Fountain–a great idea for Valentine’s Day btw) and coming up with varying means of success.
Today I found this picture when searching through Google images. I used it in a design for Sunday morning, but now I think I want one of these in my youth room. If only it wasn’t $150. O well, click on the image for the product page.