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Time to hook up the hose
May 21, 2012
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

When the weather begins to warm and I bring my boat home from storage, my thoughts begin to shift to the north. And as I think about going to the cabin this summer, I am thinking about one of the last projects left -- drilling a well.

If you were to visit our cabin, you would walk around and think it is completely done. There are faucets on the sinks, and a faucet in the shower stall. If you looked carefully outside, you would see an outside spigot. I even have a garden hose that I could hook up and have ready to use. However, if you ever turned those faucets on, you would wonder what was wrong.

You could trace the copper water lines downstairs to the utility room, and there, you would find a pressure tank and hot water heater, but nothing would be hooked up. The reality is, there is no well from which to pump water.

This reminds me of people who have attended church all their lives, perhaps have been baptized and confirmed, but have never put their faith in Jesus as their Savior for their sin. They have all sorts of things they do that make them appear to be Christians, but are not “hooked up” to Jesus by faith.

Is that what your life is like? In John 4:14, we read that Jesus told the woman at the well, “Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

When you go to church, is it like turning on a phony faucet? You go through some motions, but nothing ever comes to refresh your inner being. You have no sense that you are forgiven of your sin, so you keep trying to buy more things and do more things to fill the void in your life.

In fact, maybe you have never admitted to God that you have sinned. Until you do admit your sin, you, like the woman at the well, have something that stands between you and God. The woman had a man problem. What is your sin problem?

When you hook up your garden hose this spring, be thankful you have a source of water, but then ask yourself, “Am I trusting in Jesus today?”

Don’t go through life “looking” like a Christian; enjoy the refreshment of being tapped into His forgiveness, peace and joy!