As you know, we feed birds and furry critters. All different kinds of birds come to our feeders and dine and scatter food on the ground for the squirrels, chipmunks, and who knows what else. Mother duck has visited a few times recently. Since it is nesting and breeding season, there’s been high demand for seed, and I have to refill some of the feeders once a day.
There’s also a birdbath nearby, where birds drink and bathe. The squirrels can jump up for a drink too. However, we have noted the chipmunks walking around the base of the bath, staring up longingly at the water they cannot reach. So my wife said, “ You should build a ladder so the chipmunks can get a drink too.”
To the basement I ran, and started rummaging through the scraps of wood, looking for something of small dimensions that would work. Did some measuring, cutting, fitting, gluing, and nailing, dabbed on some old stain and here’s the result:
Now we haven’t seen a rush of chipmunks scampering up the ladder for a drink, but I feel confident that if they wanted too, this would work.
I call the ladder “Gospel.” The gospel: we are sinners, Christ died for our sins, and we are forgiven our sins by the grace of God if we believe. This is the gospel, the water of life, the good news that we need never again thirst. In Jesus, everything has already been settled. My task as a Christian is to make the gospel known, to put up the ladder so to speak, so that anyone can quench their thirst by the grace and mercy of God. I can’t make anyone climb the ladder of faith, that’s the job of the Holy Spirit. But I have to put it out there.
“For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3 (CSB)
Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” John 7:37-38 (CSB)
Come. Take a drink.