A barrel of love

Sake barrels

Sake barrels at the Meiji shrine in Tokyo

A few years ago we heard a speaker at a conference tell of the time God spoke to him about not ‘leaking’ love. He felt God saying that he was like a barrel with various taps at the bottom – like a wine or beer barrel – and that he was letting love leak out through them to various people and activities. He loved his wife and children, his sport, his work – all of these good things – but his barrel never got full; in a sense it leaked. But God said that what He wanted was to close off those taps and fill him to overflowing with His love so that it spilled out from the top of the barrel – over everyone in reach!

Letting God’s love out through a controlled flow is neat; overflowing is messy – but fun!

Jesus said that His followers – His student-apprentices – would be known by their love.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:35

If you drank the contents of one of those sake barrels in the picture, you’d be intoxicated for sure and who knows how you would behave! When God fills you up to overflowing with his love, by His Holy Spirit, you get intoxicated too. In fact, that’s what the onlookers thought on the first day of Pentecost, but they weren’t, it was the Holy Spirit.

others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.

These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that.  No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

     ‘In the last days,’ God says,
    ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.'”

Acts 2:13-17

Sometimes God fills me up to overflowing and I get a bit crazy. Crazy like picking up a young friend by way of a greeting-hug as I came out of church the other Sunday. That surprised both of us!

Crazy like being bold to tell people I talk to Jesus, even though they thought He was still dead!

Crazy like loving with – I hope – the love of God.

There’s a lot of craziness in the world, but I think the world needs more of this kind of craziness, don’t you?

2 thoughts on “A barrel of love

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