LIFE or DEATH – Take or give

The Dead Sea is the most remarkable body of water in the world. The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. It is 67 kilometres long and 18 kilometres  wide at its widest point. Its surface and shores are 422 metres (1,385 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface on land. It is 378 m (1,240 ft) deep, and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7% salinity. It is 8 times saltier than the ocean.

The water is bitter to the taste and leaves a yellow stain.
No fish live there.
No flowers or fruits grow on its shores.
No animals live there and no birds sing in its vicinity.

Surprisingly, the Dead Sea is also the world’s richest source of natural salts and more than 35 different types of minerals, essential for health. These include Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Bromine, Sulphur, and Iodine, used in many medicines and medical treatments. They are well known for relieving pains and sufferings caused by arthritis, rheumatism, psoriasis, eczema, headache and foot-ache, while nourishing and softening the skin.

A Christian can be likened to the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea RECEIVES but never GIVES OUT. It receives 5,000,000 tons of water daily from rivers, mainly the Jordan River, but the water has no outlet. It is condensed by the sun and becomes salt.  The Dead Sea cannot sustain life and yet it harbours rich minerals with enormous benefits to mankind.

God has given so many blessings to His children. In fact, He has given us ALL the resources we need to live victorious lives glorifying to Him. Yet so often we leave those rich deposits unused, and by doing so, we rob our friends and all we meet by not sharing with them the life-giving properties given to our keeping.  While some Christians bear strong similarities to the Dead Sea, most of us who are honest would have to admit that we ALL fail at times to GIVE in relation to all we have received.

Our purpose is to GIVE OUT what we have RECEIVED.

Our Number 1 gift is ETERNAL LIFE.
We cannot GIVE eternal life,
we HAVE been given

the ministry of reconciliation and the word of reconciliation,
and we are His ambassadors

[2 Corinthians 5:18-20]
Do we GIVE OUT what we have received?

We have all been given AT LEAST ONE spiritual gift,
possibly more [1 Corinthians 12:11]
Do we GIVE OUT what we have received? 
Do we use the gift/s for His glory?

1 Timothy 4:14 
Do not neglect the gift that is in you

2 Timothy 1:6 
Stir up the gift of God which is in you

Matthew 10:8 
Freely you have received: freely give.

Luke 6:38 
Give and it will be given to you: good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
For with the same measure that you use,
it will be measured back to you.


A word from Mr Anon:
#  If there is no fruit in my life, there is no reason for my existence.
# The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that outlasts it.
# The Lordship of Christ is neither optional nor negotiable.
#  A giving Saviour should have giving disciples.  [J C Ryle]

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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7 Responses to LIFE or DEATH – Take or give

  1. Pingback: Christian Urdu Blog – 57. Life or Death – Take or give | ChristianBlessings

  2. rickroehm says:

    To be “united” with Christ is a deliverance from spiritual death. Sin separates the soul from God and reigns unto death. Salvation reigns and unites the believing heart unto life in the Spirit. When the believers spiritual union is made with Christ neither sin nor the Devil will be able to pry you out. Faith prevails. Grace becomes the greatest experience that anyone can experience on this side of Heaven.

  3. Rob Barkman says:

    When I think of all the blessings that my Lord has given to me, it only reminds me of the great opportunities I have to share those blessings with others. One of the first steps to share His blessings is recognizing the many ways in which he has blessed us. I find myself taking many of His blessings for granted which results in my lack of sharing those with others. Great posting Lord bless you.

    • Psalm 40:5 Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

      Like you (and most of us) I too often take His blessings for granted. He has showered us with His abundance, and if we were more aware of them, there would be an opening in EVERY conversation to acknowledge Him and witness of His goodness to us.

      Lord, keep us focussed on You and Your blessings, and prompt us to speak for you at EVERY opportunity, while there is still time. We are one day closer!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    When we give for The Lord, He gives us blessings for eternity. When we give to get from the worldly perspective, we become bankrupt because the world has nothing of eternal value to give us. All is vanity there.

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