‘drinking from a well that never shall run dry’

photo: World In Crisis Appeal

Matthew Parris is a writer for the online version of the ‘Times of London,’ He is also a avowed atheist and posted the article below which  describes a trip he made just before Christmas to the African country of Malawi, where he had lived as a boy.

Please read the article in its entirety-

As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God TimesOnline.co.uk

The  purpose of the trip was to assess the ministry of a small British charity (Pump Aid) working there which helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean.

Parris found another work going on that feels a void that the work of the secular NGO’s [Nongovernmental Organizations], government projects and international aid is not filling. It is the work of the Christian missionary (evangelism-the gospel of Jesus Christ).

Parris is stated that “Africa is in need of a spiritual transformation, something that will change the peoples heart,” and that is what Jesus does. He said “the rebirth is real” and “the change that he is seeing is good”.

 

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, we are told of a woman of Samaria that comes to Jacob’s well seeking water. She was met by the Lord who offered her much more than the water that she could get from the well.

Christ told her that…. whosoever drinks of the water from the well will most assuredly thirst again, but whosoever drinks of the water that Christ can give shall never thirst again, and that the water that Christ will give shall be in an individual, a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.

I am thinking that Parris got a taste of this spirit as he traveled to Malawi to see the philanthropic efforts of Pump Aid, that met a need that many in America take for granted…. clean, cool water to a thirsty people yet he found a people who had drawn from a well of water that springs up into everlasting life.

 

Parris said, “It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But traveling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God. “

 

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”  (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) John 7:37-39

 

Parris said, “I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it. I would allow that if faith was needed to motivate missionaries to help, then, fine: but what counted was the help, not the faith. But this doesn’t fit the facts. Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing.”

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world–like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:13-16

I praise God for the faithful men and women that are salt and light all across Africa. I pray the Lord, by His Spirit will bring forth that water whereby a man or women shall never thirst again.

malachi

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2 Comments

  1. Hi there Bro. Malachi .

    When I saw the title of your new article from Jesus Music Global, I was amazed. I was going to write to you and share with you about this living bread and water which is certainly the food that your spirit was designed to feed upon. At Christmas time most people kill a lamb (well the abatoirs did the job), still the blood was spilled, and then we roast it, and finally we consume it. Many celebrate this with a wine, some a bit too much! … and a little more than our thirst is quenched. Needless to say, is it not wonderful how even in these furious pagan rituals are hidden most astounding truths. Firstly it was the priest in Judaism who would take the blood of a red heifer and sprinkle it over everything, yet this blood did not satisfy God, for it was repeated, it was only the blood of Jesus that was shed that was able to fully and finally satisfy the Lord and in this way MIGHTILY is able to satisfy us. This flesh and blood of the Lamb of God is drink indeed. Even though the belly be full of flesh and blood, it is not satisfied for it is the spirit that needs to be filled with Christ, He and He alone is the true meal and drink, that is given by the Father. I must say a prayer: Praise you Lord God for your only begotten Son, Y’shua HaMassiach, the true lamb of God. Amen.

    • katoikei-

      “This flesh and blood of the Lamb of God is drink indeed. Even though the belly be full of flesh and blood, it is not satisfied for it is the spirit that needs to be filled with Christ, He and He alone is the true meal and drink, that is given by the Father.”

      How true my brother! I am so afraid that many, even the multitude that slide in the pews on Sunday mornings find this “a hard saying, who can understand it?”

      I praise God for Christ, our Passover, the Lamb of God that was slain from the foundation of the world, that we might taste the mercy and goodness of our God…

      Like the woman at the well I was seeking
      For things that could not satisfy:
      And then I heard my Savior speaking:
      “Draw from my well that never shall run dry”.

      There are millions in this world who are craving
      The pleasures earthly things afford;
      But none can match the wondrous treasure
      That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

      Fill my cup Lord,
      I lift it up, Lord!
      Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
      Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more
      Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!

      May He be our Light in this upcoming 2009…. as we stand upon the firm foundation of His word, upheld by His faithful and loving arms.

      Peace malachi


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