Give me a word, Lord: THIRST

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Have you ever been so thirsty that your mouth felt like it was full of cotton? Perhaps you had been out working in the sweltering Mississippi heat. Maybe you were running a race, or perhaps you were just hot! No matter the cause of your thirst, nothing quenches it like a good old, cold glass of water. I used to hate drinking water. That was back in the days of my coke addiction…coke meaning Coca Cola and then later on a Diet Coke addiction. Praise be to God and my husband’s urging, I defeated those addictions. Now I drink lots of water, way too much coffee, and a little bit of tea.

Let’s consider a different kind of thirst. We sometimes get a thirst that just can’t be quenched. We thirst for things of this world, but when we obtain those things, we still feel empty. It feels like there is a void inside of us, an emptiness, that no matter how hard we try we just can’t satisfy that thirst. Well my friends, it’s my opinion that God put that little void inside our hearts, that little empty feeling, because He knew that we needed One thing and One thing only to quench that thirst. Through salvation and acceptance of Christ our Savior, we are given a truly amazing gift: the Holy Spirit. He completely, unequivocally fills that void.

I’m here to tell you that nothing in this world can fill you up like the saving grace of Jesus. You can search the world over, buy everything your heart desires, feed all of the physical cravings with the things of the world, but at the end of the day there will still be a little empty spot thirsting away. Why not take a sip of the living water today? I bet you can’t just take one sip! Once you feel that wonderful quenching of our Savior, you won’t thirst in that way anymore. But you will soon feel a new kind of thirst: one for a relationship with the One that fills your heart completely! Are you thirsty? Why not go drink from the living well this morning?

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