“Conduit”

Picture a city reservoir with pipes that carry the water supply to many individual houses.  Some of that water is then carried to lawns, trees and plants through hoses.  The pipes and hoses are types of conduits which Webster’s dictionary defines as, “a channel through which anything is conveyed.” It is not limited to fluids and could also apply to cables, electricity, information and many other things. In some industries the conduit could be reciprocal in that natural gas flows in one direction and fluids are pumped back to that source.

With a little imagination we could see how people are like a human conduit. A manager carries the owner’s directives to the employees and returns their feedback to the owner.  A teacher conveys information to students who later convert it to use in practical situations.

Jesus commanded Christians to be His conduits.  HE said we should be in Him (Gal 3: 27) (Rom 8: 1) (Rom 6: 3, 5) and He would be in us (Jo 14: 23) (Jo 15: 4, 5, 7).  Jesus used the metaphor of a vine and branches which pass on spiritual nourishment to the fruit.  He further expanded this concept when talking about how some of His disciples were a conduit for food, drink, clothes, medicine, hospitality and comfort to the poor and needy (Mt 25: 35-40).  He explained that when one does these deeds for others, one is also doing them for Him (Mt 25: 40)

Besides the physical things that flow from God to others, there are spiritual blessings such as: prayers, wisdom, doctrine, salvation, healing and love.  The human conduit cannot take any credit for creating such things, but only for carrying them from the source to the recipients.  Most of these blessings could be summed up by the word comfort.  We must pass on the comfort of God by which we have been comforted to those who need the same comfort (2 Cor 1: 3-5).  In short, “…let us do good to all people…” (Gal 6: 10) Thereby we will become a good conduit and a good servant of God.

–Jim Bailey