And He said to them, "When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. (Luke 22: 10)
The above verse is taken from the passage when the disciples were told to prepare the upper room for the Passover. When they inquired as to who would be helping them obtain a room, Jesus informed them of the man who would be carrying a pitcher.
Recently, I have talked to several pastors who have become discouraged, frustrated and exhausted at trying to keep the needs of their congregation met while trying to grow the Body of Christ. It appears that it takes a capable person able to step into the shoes of some iconic superhero to accomplish pastoring these days, especially a small congregation. In smaller congregations, it is not uncommon for pastors and all of their family members to pull the weight for the entire congregation when it comes to serving in multiple facets of the church. It can be tiring, unrewarding and flat out discouraging when others refuse to step up and lend a helping hand.
I travel this nation and outside the states and see this mentality taking over the church globally, and that is, “Let’s leave it to the pastor to get the job done, after all this is his church and his calling, and he gets paid for the job.”
What is a Water Bearer?
A water-bearer is one who brings moments of refreshing to the Body Christ, especially those in leadership. They are willing to encourage, serve, and stand by their pastor, holding up his arms when he is tired and protecting him from being overworked and not able to focus on bringing the Good News to the Body of Christ and the community. The problem is, many of the church members are worn out, overworked, and running on such tight schedules, that they have pushed out any extra time to help the leadership or other members, or even to offer encouragement. The result is a fragmented picture of what the Body of Christ was designed to be like.
When Water Bearers Serve Successfully
What happens when water bearers are willing to step up, encourage and refresh those around them in the Body of Christ? Every wins! Who is called to be a water bearer? You…me--- we all are! Whether you are in a church as a member and/or in a leadership role, you too are called to bring refreshing and renewal to others and to help equip the church. This is so the BRIDE is then able to focus on becoming the spotless Bride for which our Groom Jesus is coming back to redeem. Our failure to encourage and lift others up is causing many pastors to throw in the towel and allowing other leaders to become frustrated and useless in their ministries.
Let us remember dear ones, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Corinthians 4:7)
I am blessed to have many water bearers in my ministry. They spend time praying for and encouraging me, so that I can spend time praying for and encouraging others. As a water bearer, we too must receive, be filled and then go and out-pour blessings upon others.
Something has happened to the Church in the last ten- fifteen years that is very noticeable. More people are just attending church, getting their fill and never sharing what they have received with others. The results are stunted members, never really growing up, and never learning how to walk victoriously in Christ. I meet people who say they have been a Christian for decades, yet they pose the most childlike questions to me, as if they have never understood the Word of God. Clearly they have not been around any water bearers encouraging them to grow. These same people become depressed, bitter, resentful and eventually cause division in the church.
Let us make a commitment now not only to pray for God to send us water bearers, people willing to bring pitchers of refreshment to us when we need it most, but also pray that we too become willing to do the same for others. Let us not tire of carrying pitchers of water to those in need of refreshing. If the Bride of Christ is ever to experience refreshing and renewal it is not going to happen outside the Body of Christ, for the world holds nothing for us.
By Jane Morin
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!