When I am coasting down the river in my own little canoe, enjoying the scenery, focused on my own journey, it is a temporary reprieve. As I continue on that course of inaction, if I pay any attention, I start to hear a sound in the distance, small at first but growing in intensity until it becomes a deafening roar. The sound is the river flowing over the edge of a waterfall, and my fate will be destruction on the rocks below.
The problem is that the closer I get to the edge the faster the current becomes, and even if I try to turn around and paddle upstream, away from the edge, I cannot paddle fast enough on my own. There are other travelers on the river however, and if I ask, they will paddle with me, and together we can make progress against the current and avoid the rocks below.
Since coasting leads to the falls, my only solution is to paddle to the source, and that is both my own individual and a group effort. Along the way, I may have a chance to invite another traveler or two, headed toward the falls, to join in the path to the source.
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.