A little bottle: part I, the gravel road

by Bart

The gravel road

There was once a little water bottle. It’s label had been torn off from the nervous picking of a previous owner. It was dirty from being thrown out the window of a pickup and landing in a puddle. The small amount of water remaining had been fouled by backwash. Every once in a while someone would walk by the sad little bottle look down and then pass by without even breaking stride. There were once even a pack of young boys riding dirt bikes looking very thirsty who passed the dirty, nearly empty, little bottle lying in that mud puddle, but they did not stop. This was the life of the bottle until one day a man walking down the road looked down at the bottle. He stooped and picked it up. This man shook the muddy water off, removed the old label and the top, and then poured the remaining water out of the little bottle. Then two very odd things happened. First the man filled the bottle with water, the clearest, coldest, best water anyone had ever seen. Secondly he took the cap between his thumb and forefinger and flipped it out of site. He then sat the bottle down on the side of the road. There the little bottle sat cleaned up and full of that special water, but without a cap.

The bottle ask the man why he had thrown it’s cap away after cleaning the bottle, removing it’s old label, and filling it with the most wonderful water. The man looked down at the bottle and said, “The water is meant to be poured out”. The bottle just sat there trying to make sense out of what had just happened.

God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us. Romans 5:5 NCV

Throughout his ministry Jesus was ridiculed for hanging out at the wrong places with the wrong people. Christians have surely heard of being in the world, but not of the world. What in the world does that mean? How do Christ followers interact with these people called the world? These questions have surprising answers. The story of a little water bottle will help us understand the answers to these questions by looking at the example of Jesus during his time on earth. I hope you enjoy following the little bottle through it’s adventures.

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