What’s in your jar?

20
Jun

Luke 6:45 – “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Two friends from a village went to the nearby lake to fetch water for their homes. One of them waded deep into the lake, so he could get clean water. The other didn’t want to go through so much trouble, so he filled his jar with murky water right at the edge of the lake. Both of them then proceeded to get back to their respective homes with their jars filled to the brim.

As they walked the dry, rocky path back home, they lost their footing at times and some of the water would inadvertently spill outside the jar. It doesn’t take a genius to gather that the one who had clean water in his jar spilt clean water, while the one with murky water in his jar spilt the dirty water. This analogy is very similar to the condition of our hearts. When we go through tough times, it’s what’s deep inside our hearts that spills out.

We all face various challenges along our life’s journey. When the road becomes rough, do we spill out love, joy, kindness and words of faith? Or do we spew out negativity, anger, bitterness and harsh words? It is the condition of our hearts that determine how we act when the going gets tough. As we grow in our spiritual lives, we need to stay more in tune with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to direct our thoughts and intentions. May we, along with the Psalmist, pray: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

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