Dead Sea Christians
I understand the Dead Sea is well below sea level. I read somewhere that is the lowest surface on earth. The Jordan River flows into it but never flows out. There are said to be some springs in it. They never flow out either. Because it is so far below sea level it is one of the hottest areas on earth. It is only emptied out by evaporation. There is almost no life in it. I think it is the place on earth that is physically the closest to Hell and the most like it.Proverbs 27:20: Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
Only small amounts of microscopic life are able to survive in it. Many things flow into it that can be useful in other circumstances, such as salt. But because an excess of useful things flow in but never out, it has become poisonous to life. Whatever pollution flows into it never flows out either. I understand it is so dense that swimmers float in it.
Carnal and backslidden Christians have been compared with the Dead Sea. Good things flow in, such as the Word of God and the love of God, but they seldom come out. Like flowing water helps to keep a stream clean, the Word of God and the love of God flowing through a Christian help to keep him clean. Lone Christians, selfish Christians and idle Christians are often like the Dead Sea.Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Shed abroad means to pour forth; figuratively, to bestow: to gush (pour) out, to run greedily (out), shed (abroad, shed forth), or to spill. Individuals without Christ and the Holy Spirit living in them are continually like the lifeless Dead Sea. Only by receiving Jesus can they become like bodies of water with life in them.John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Am I hoarding the Word of God and the love of God for myself? Do those things flow out of me? How much and how often am I like the Dead Sea?
Baseball great Jackie Robinson:
Life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.
Care to discuss Dead Sea Christians with Ron?