I live in a lake community surrounded by water. One large part of our town dwells on “the island” where you’ll find old summer cabins mixed with larger new homes all hugging the shoreline, and a confusing series of curvy, hilly roads twisting every which way. (I wasn’t friends with anyone on “the island” growing up because my parents refused to drive me there lest they get lost forever!)
I heard a tragic story a few summers back about a beautiful lake home that burned to the ground. The part of the story that jumps out at me is that apparently it was on the part of the island where the roads are so narrow that the firetrucks could not get water to it. Even more ironic and sad was that the house stood only 30 feet from one of the largest lakes in Minnesota! All that water sitting just feet away….and sadly no one was able to get the water to the burning flames.
Ephesians tells the story of how God has set into motion his own plan to rescue his creation from the flames of eternal destruction. Christ is the Living (and fire-extinguishing) Water and the church is commissioned to be his local water towers and pipelines to pump his life-saving, life-giving presence to every home in every community. Paul describes the church as “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (1:23).
Most communities have several large water towers decorating the skyline, and that reservoir of water requires an underground network of pipelines whose job it is to get that water to each and every home. If the Living Water of Christ is to reach (or “fill”) all those homes and families in danger of the flames — both present fiery trials and future eternal destruction — then the church must be in the business of being conduits, or pipelines, or fire hoses, to help get the limitless reservoir of God’s saving presence to those in desperate need. That’s the only way Christ will “fill everything in every way” he desires. Every home. Every school. Every business. Every neighborhood. Every government. Every grieving heart. Christ wants to fill them all “in every way.”
Reflection: When you look around where do you see flames of affliction and people in danger of the eternal flames? Are you serving as a pipeline of God’s living, life-saving water? To whom? Your neighbors? Coworkers? Family members?
Read previous posts in this verse-by-verse devotional study of Ephesians HERE.