One of the quintessential philosophical questions is whether an incompletely filled glass of water is half-empty or half-full. The conventional wisdom states if the observer sees the glass as half-full, she is an optimist; if she sees it half-empty, she is a pessimist.
Both are wrong.
The fact-of-the-matter is while the glass is, indeed only half full of water, another equally ubiquitous fluid is present as well – AIR! Like water, air has mass and occupies volume.
Therefore, the glass is always full.
This illustration is pregnant with Kingdom principle. In order to see this, we need to discern between the “water” and the “air” components.
Jesus said that out of our bellies would flow living waters (John 7:38). The “water” represents the Holy Spirit. Jesus revealed that He is the living water (John 4:10-11). When we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, His life flows from us, yielding life-giving living water to all who perceive it.
The “air,” on the other hand, represents the world system – which is personified by the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). The two components cannot occupy the same space, as the “air” is displaced by the presence of the “water.” This is because the Christ is is superior to the world’s system.
When water is poured into what we perceive to be an empty glass, the water actually displaces the air. This is metaphorical of the triumph of Jesus over satan and his world’s system on the Cross (Colossians 2:15).
Jesus said that if we partake of his living water, we’ll never be thirsty (John 4:13-14). He also called us the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). We should be so salty that we create in the unsaved a thirst that can only be quenched by the living water.
Since we are in the business of giving living water to a dying world, we need not worry whether the glass is half empty or half full. Rather, we need to simply give whatever measure we have, in love, because the water we have will actually teach those who partake to obtain an endless supply of their own.
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)