Broken cisterns

broken cistern“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jer. 2:13 (NIV)

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God uses the word picture of cisterns, large clay pots used to collect rainwater, to describe two sins we have committed. First, we have forsaken God, the spring of living water by abandoning His provision for our needs. Second, we have found our own way to meet those needs. God says that we have dug our own cisterns.

I believe God is referring to the way we handle the critical needs that He has placed within us. God placed those needs within us so that we would turn to Him and drink deeply from Him…the spring of living water. But we have turned away from that spring.

We have forsaken His provision and found our own way to meet those needs.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about our need for love and acceptance, and our need for identity and worth.

Our third God-placed need is to have an impact through our life.

God placed that need within us so that we would seek to make an impact for eternity. After all…what greater level of impact is there?

But often, we have settled for far less.

We have settled for temporary impact in the world around us without adequately considering of our potential for eternal impact.

We impact the world around us through our words, and more importantly, through our actions. Most of our actions occur through our occupation as healthcare professionals. Yet, all to often we fail to bring the eternal dimension into that role.

In healthcare, we have an amazing potential to make an impact both immediately and for eternity in the lives of those we encounter. Yet we become focused on dealing with the immediate disease process confronting us without dealing with the underlying chronic disease process… of sin.

I should know…I’ve done it far too many times myself.

One way of increasing our level of eternal impact is to bring the Lord with us into our workday…into each encounter with patients or colleagues.

After all…He’s already there…we just forget that.

Try beginning the habit of offering small prayers throughout the day before all your encounters.

Prayer: Lord, help me make an impact for eternity through You!

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