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Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.  Jude 22-23 NIV

Fire Hydrants are a universally accepted bathroom facility for canines.  Dog parks even put play ones on their properties to encourage and entertain your pup as they interact with other dogs.  Research shows that dogs will go potty on anything raised from the ground which is why trees are also a popular pup porta-potty.  Dogs do this as a way of marking their territory and love to sniff those who have gone before.

For humans, fire hydrants are connection points for firefighters to tap into water supplies.  Instead of being peed on, they are the water source to put out fires.  Paul encourages us to be firefighters in the book of Jude.  He tells us how to reach people for Christ by being merciful instead of judgmental.  He tells us to snatch people from the fires of hell.

We need to be connected to the water source.  Jesus himself promises us in John 4 that if we believe in him we will never be thirsty again because we will have springs of water that well up into eternal life.  In John 7:37, Jesus shouts out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink”.  In verse 39, John explains that Jesus meant the Holy Spirit would be received by those who believe in him.  When we are connected to the water source, the Holy Spirit will overflow and reach others, saving them from the fire.

Just as our dogs are drawn towards fire hydrants, let us mark our territory for Jesus.  Let us be firefighters at the gate of hell, quenching the thirst of the thirsty and saving them from the fire as we stay connected to the living water.



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