Down at the shoreline, some are now experiencing the Water. Some are jumping in. Some are dangling a toe while claiming that they have it all. Some are trying unsuccessfully to cross the vast Ocean of the Spirit with vessels of their own designs or with no vessels at all. Others have begun to cross this Ocean in the vessel that is built according to the pattern that is so plainly shown in Scripture.
Our human weakness fails to see the vision of the higher, deeper, and broader expanses of God’s truth.
When Columbus set sail, he was in the ocean the first day he left the port, but before he reached America, many were telling him to turn back. In the same way, many who are seeking the Truth today are refusing to even touch the Water of the Spirit. Some go far inland, away from the shore, so they don’t have to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel this Water of the Spirit. Some of these may even go so far as to claim that there is no Water of the Spirit. From their remote position, they cannot observe the Spirit’s existence. Others carefully protect some form of Water container where someone in generations past did enter the Water and brought a filled container back as proof. Of course, the Water in this container has long since dried up, leaving only the container, whether the container is a creed, a doctrine, a form, a ritual, an organization, or something else.
Of course, keeping one foot on the shore will accomplish nothing. Going halfway will accomplish nothing. Any who would succeed must be willing to commit totally and continue on until they reach the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.
Based in part on “The Feast of Tabernacles” by George Warnock, Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson