Intern Matthew Pillman

  Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. Psalm 69:1–2

As I write, Nebraska is inundated with water. Piles of hay, water, sump pumps, clothes, blankets, cleaners, and non-perishables are on their way to help flood victims. (Thanks to everyone at Christ the King that has taken part in helping!) According to NPR, the government estimates over $1.3 billion dollars of damages. This includes nearly $900 million of crop and cattle losses.

The people of Nebraska need assistance. Many are left without homes or their livelihood. In some cases, they may not even have the means to buy food for the next meal. Often these are needs that we hear about in some distant land, but now they are practically in our own back yard.

With great need comes great opportunity. First, Christians have a tremendous opportunity to provide for the physical needs of others. We understand that God encourages us to share our possessions with those in need (Proverbs 19:17). We give, not seeking anything in return, except the knowledge that we are answering God’s call (Luke 6:34-35; Matthew 25:40).

Second, Christians have tremendous opportunity to share the gospel. If we stop at with the physical needs, we are forgetting Christ’s example! Take for instance when the woman comes to the well to draw water (John 4). Jesus first asks for a drink of water. Both the woman and Jesus had a real, physical need – they were thirsty. But then, Jesus seamlessly transitioned to the topic of living water. The woman was curious, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” Of course, Jesus was not talking about water in a well, He was speaking to the woman’s spiritual need for eternal life. He said, “the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

May the Lord open our eyes to see the opportunities to meet both the physical and spiritual needs around us. When the flood waters rush in, we have an open door for ministry. Let’s share some living water this month!

Living in Christ,
Matthew