Saturday, August 9, 2014

In and In

When we walk during the summer I carry at least four liters of water in my hydration pack.  Two liters are in the bladder of the pack and two are in additional water bottles.  The bladder has a tube with a spout near my mouth that makes drinking water during the walk very easy.

Experienced hikers will tell you that, while it is good to carry available water, the best way to carry water is inside you.  They recommend that before starting the hike, you drink a liter of water.

This reminds me of two verses in Scripture:

"For in Him we live, and move and have our being..." (Acts 17:28.) 
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the Hope of glory:" (Colossians 1:27.) 

Christ is in us and we are in Him. There is no where we can go to escape from the Lord.  In fact, the psalmist said:
"Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit?  or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there:  if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou are there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me." (Psalms 139: 7-10.)
Water is the most essential element we carry when we walk.  It is near us and, if we are wise, it is in us.  In a spiritual sense, Christ is the essential element.  For all people, He is everywhere we go and we "live and move and have our being" in Him.  If we are wise, and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, He is in us.  He is that Living Water which causes us to "never thirst."  

Let us determine to stay "hydrated" in both senses. . .physically and spiritually.  Let us avail ourselves of the "rivers of living water" the Lord Jesus is to us and ever grow in the knowledge that everything we do, we are in and filled with Him.

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