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Jesus’ Loud Voice, Big Heart, and Constant Refreshment

“Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Prov. 11:25

 

Lord Jesus, it’s so awesome to begin (and continue) this August Wednesday, hearing you say to each of us in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John 7:37). You are the ever-flowing fountain of grace, the lush mercy-oasis in the various deserts of life, the welcoming cottage in the dark forest—with a fire lit, meal ready, giving us the welcome and rest we’ll never find anywhere else. Thank you. “My soul finds rest in God alone.” (Ps. 62:1)

Jesus, anything you give us is meant to be shared—because you always give us more than we need—”grace upon grace” (John 1:16). So, as you refresh us in the Gospel, make us refreshers today—not “fixers” and certainly not roaming-critics; not blamers (because there’s already an over-supply of those); and, most definitely, not discouragers—because you have actually commanded us to encourage each other more and more as we see the Day of your return approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

So, make us “refreshers,” Jesus. It doesn’t sound very impressive or platform-building—and that’s precisely the point. It means we’re becoming more like you, Jesus, and what more could we crave, hope for, and desire? You are among us as one who serves, one who loves, one who refreshes. Thank you, Lord Jesus. So Very Amen.

 

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