Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Never Thirst Again

When I was younger, I absolutely hated to drink water. It was colorless and more importantly, tasteless. Back then, my drink of choice was anything with added flavor and sugar. Still my parents insisted we drink water. There were times (especially after a long hard play outdoors) when my parents would relent and let us drink Kool-aid J or soda instead. Refusing to admit mom was right, I'd find myself sneaking a nice long gulp of ice cold water. Bottom line, the sugary drinks just could not quench my thirst. Thank God with age comes wisdom because after a while I learned to appreciate water and its added benefits.
Life is a race and we spend a lot of time running. We run errands, to work, to church and social events. As much as we love what we do, it gets tiresome and it drains the body. The mistake we make is we don't turn to water to rehydrate us. We choose what satisfies the palette instead of what is healthy for our bodies. After a while we feel tired and sluggish. It's hard to think straight. Before you know it productivity decreases and so does morale. It's important to drink water every single day. Drinking water is required to remain healthy.
But what about our spiritual being?
John 4:13-14 tells of a conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. He says "Whosoever drinketh of this water (meaning the well's water) shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up everlasting life."
A lot of Christians are drying up and withering away because they are consuming spiritual drinks that taste good and look good instead of what IS good for them. God created the heavens and the earth. He's told us since the beginning of time what we need to prosper and have everlasting life. Satan has managed to contaminate the minds of many by adding bicarbonates, sugars and various flavors to a polluted version of God's word. He makes sure our drinking glasses are never empty and when the moment is right, he slips in the ecstasy. Our interpretation of God's word is tainted and our faith becomes sluggish. He waits until we are at our most vulnerable moment and then he attempts to rape all of God's promises from us.
Let us not forget about the the wolves in sheep's clothing. These are the ones who are wickedly wise enough to present an illusion of clean water by adding chlorine to hide the impurities. If you've tasted city water, you know what I'm talking about. The smell of chlorine is usually a dead giveaway. Wolves in sheep's clothing can only present a recycled version of God's word but they can't hide the smell. Not from God or anyone who truly knows his word. II Corinthians 2:15 (NLT) says, For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and those who are perishing...
God's water is clean and pure. It's one of his simplest solutions for our natural and spiritual health. Spiritually healthy children of God function better because they are stronger. Their bodies are free from the impurities that affect the way they think, talk and act. They can handle challenges easily because of their firm faith and knowledge of God's word. They know what's good for them and they stick by it. They are not easily led. They stand up for what's right even if it means standing alone.
The benefits of drinking from God's well are endless; the alternatives come with too many risks. Choose life and drink what's pure. I promise, your body, mind and soul will thank you.
Wisdom flows from the lips of those whose thirst is quenched by the word of God.