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Growing by Giving
The Dead Sea marks the earth’s lowest elevation. At 1,388 feet
below sea level, it ranks as the world’s lowest sea. The river Jordan
flows out of the Sea of Galilee and winds its way through the Jordan
Valley until it dead-ends in the Dead Sea.
The hot, dry climate, with the intense sunlight and desert condi-
tions, causes the water to evaporate quite rapidly. Since the Dead
Sea’s salt and mineral content is 33.7 percent, little survives in its
waters. There are no fish, no plants, only some microbes and bacteria
at the bottom.
In our Christian lives, if the grace of God that flows into our lives
does not flow out to others, we will become stagnant and all but life-
less like the Dead Sea. As Christians, that’s not how we are to live.
Read John 7:37, 38 and Luke 6:38. When believers receive the
refreshing streams of living water from Christ, what is the natural
“God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our
aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ’s, we must
share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,—the joy of seeing
souls redeemed by His sacrifice,—we must participate in His labors
for their redemption.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 142.
“Those who would be overcomers must be drawn out of them-
selves; and the only thing which will accomplish this great work, is
to become intensely interested in the salvation of others.”—Ellen G.
White, Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 207.
We grow as we share with others what Christ has done in our own
lives. Considering all that we have been given in Christ, what but only
the most abject selfishness could keep us from sharing with others
what we have ourselves been given? If we fail to share our faith, our
spiritual life will become as stagnant as the Dead Sea.
What have been your own experiences in witnessing to others,
praying with others, and ministering to the needs of others?
How have these experiences impacted your own faith and walk
with the Lord?