In Palestine there are two seas that are mentioned in the Bible: the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River, and the Jordan River flows out of it. This water system supports many fish and supplies fresh water to thousands of people even today. The other sea is the Dead Sea, it receives its water from the Jordan River, and this is where the Jordan River ends. All the water that collects in the Dead Sea ends there and no water flows out, and no fish can live in its water.
These two seas remind me of two types of people: Some people are like the Sea of Galilee and receive many blessings and pass them on. In keeping with the Bible, they understand it is more of a blessing to give than receive. On the other hand, there are some people who are like the Dead Sea always taking but never giving. Ask yourself, which of these two seas am I most like?
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Mark T. Tonkery
Camden Avenue church of Christ