I have a friend who works in water treatment for the City of Buffalo. This persons job is to help provide clean water to the people of our City. So the question is, do they drink tap-water?
They know what's in it! They know where it comes from! Their job is to tell people its safe to drink!
So the question is, do they drink the water?
This is, of course, a wonderful parable...
...there once was a City that got its drinking water from a particular man. This man had become rich selling the water, but he wouldn't touch the water himself...
The question is most easily applicable to us as followers of Jesus. When we encourage others to 'drink the water,' are we hypocrites? Are we embracing the teachings of Jesus in our own life? Do we live in community? Are we learning to love our enemies? Are we growing in our love for God? Are we learning a life of joy and celebration? Are we sacrificially generous? Are we engaged in friendships with non-Christians? Are we learning how to throw great parties? Are we mentoring others in the ways of Jesus?
...are we indeed His followers?
Do we love Him, and His wisdom, or do we love the idea of Him?
Do we drink the water?
My friend, does drink the tap water...