Summary: A sermon for River Sunday that highlights how God’s River of Life gives life
As we come to our last week in the worship series the series of creation;
We have seen how God has given us the wonderful creation we live as a gift.
A gift to not only to enjoy and benefit from but also to care for and serve.
At times his creation is full of life and at times deserted and dieing, representing our lives..
And today’s focus the river highlights how God is constantly at work creating a new creation.
Rivers are essential for life.
Before large trucks they were essential for transporting large amounts of goods and people, so the country could develop and prosper.
They have provided and continue to provide water for drinking, cleaning and primary production.
In Australia recently there has been much talk in saving the Murray Darling river system.
Governments are investing millions of dollars to save the river system because so many people in Australia rely on it to live.
Not only this but many animals call the Murray Darling home.
The river system is home to 367 species of birds, 85 species of mammals, 53 species of frogs, 46 species of snakes, 5 tortoises and 34 species of fish.
And some of these are on the endangered list.
More people and animals most likely rely on it than you think.
If you have ever eaten an orange,
drank some wine,
ate some rice
or worn some Australian wool or cotton then it is highly likely that
you have benefited from the waters of the Murray Darling system.
Many people benefit from its waters.
And that is why governments, farmers and communities are spending so much energy in addressing its problems.
And for the Murray Darling to continue to be an important source for life
not only does it require resources and energy,
but also a change of attitudes and behaviour
with people thinking always of others.
And like the communities and animals around the Murray Darling system we also rely on a river for life.
Our reading from Revelations calls it the River of life.
And this river of life comes not from the ground but from God.
I would like you to ask yourself today are you tapping into God’s River of life?
Are you taking every opportunity to worship?
Are you allowing God to guide you in all aspects of your life?
Are you accepting his forgiveness and sharing his forgiveness?
Are you living his perspective of life of love, forgiveness and building each other up?
These are important questions for each of us.
Sometimes we maybe able to say yes, and sometimes no.
It is important that we constantly tap into God’s river of life,
because it is the only thing that is guaranteed to give us life.
And our reading from Revelations chapter 22
reminds us what is so good about God’s river of life.
Why God’s river of life is so important
For a start it gives life.
The amazing thing is that God is always at work creating a new life for us.
He never stops creating.
Some people have in their mind that our new life will only begin in heaven.
The reality is that in heaven we will clearly see and experience our new lives.
Our new lives will be complete.
However God has already begun creating something new for you.