What makes a volcano erupt?

1 Corinthians 3:7

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

I love how we are able to recall events so vividly from our childhood. One of the memories I have as a kid is from when I was in Kindergarten. I remember we were learning about volcanoes. I was OBSESSED with volcanoes during this time. Our teacher asked us to make a volcano at home for a project and bring it back to show the class.

My dad is someone who loves to go above and beyond. I asked him for some help with my project (He was an ART MAJOR in college). He helped me design the coolest volcano. As we were making it he thought, “It can’t be a real volcano unless it ERUPTS!” Makes sense. So we put a tube in the middle with baking soda at the bottom. If you know anything about anything, add a little vinegar, and that sucker will erupt!

I remember going to class with my volcano after hours of hard work. I told the teacher what I had done and she was pumped. In front of the whole class I tossed the vinegar into the tube and there it went. The coolest volcano ever. I think I peaked in that moment. It was glorious.

Thinking back, I didn’t really make the volcano erupt. It was the vinegar and baking soda. It was science that made it erupt. Yeah, I put the vinegar in the tube and I made the volcano, but I didn’t ACTUALLY make it erupt.

On our journey with Jesus, there are people who pour into us and there are people we pour into as well. It is vital to remember WHO is actually making us finally erupt. It isn’t people who bring us to Jesus. It is JESUS who brings us to Jesus. Other people are just vessels that God uses to help along the way.

One of the greatest achievements we can have in our life is to be a part of process where someone comes to know Jesus. I believe that is what life is all about. Life is about growing so close to Jesus that we overflow His love onto others. In the process of our overflow, others can come to see and know Jesus.

A question I constantly ask myself is, “Am I living in such a way that others see Jesus in me?” The point isn’t for people to say, “Wow, I want to be like Colin!” The point is for people to say, “Wow, I want to be like Jesus because I see Him in you!” I think this is one of the greatest compliments we could ever receive.

Live a life that is worthy to be followed. Live a life where others say, “Man, this guy/girl is different. There is something about them. I don’t know what it is, but I want me some of that.” Then you will have the opportunity to share what it is that makes you different. Jesus. Jesus is why.

Are you growing closer to Jesus daily?

Do you live a life that is different from those around you?

Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunity to follow You. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the process where people can come to know You. I pray we never take this for granted. I pray we wake up every day and see it as an opportunity to show others Your love.

Have a great week!

C. Lyman

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