‘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.’
Thirsty? I am. Nearly all day long.
I have a condition that dries out my mouth so no matter how much I drink I end up thirsty only minutes later. I would love if there was a special kind of concoction I could drink and never have to deal with dryness again.
There’s a woman in the Bible who had a similar problem. She encountered Jesus as she was going out to the community well for some more water. He asked her for a drink and a conversation ensued that led to this exchange in John 4:13 ff:
‘Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water [from the well] will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
‘The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” ‘
Really, who wouldn’t want that kind of water? Water that becomes a source of water inside whoever drinks of it? Water you can give away all day long and still not run dry. “Give it to me!” she said.
Jesus reveals more in John 7:37 ff:
‘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.’
Living springs – rivers! – of water welling up to eternal life within us. I’m thirsty just thinking about it.
Nothing satisfies our thirst like Jesus. But what if we aren’t thirsty for Jesus? What if we slake our thirst on anything else? I know I get lazy, sleepy even, and start to doze off spiritually when I’ve sipped a little too much media. We think spending time with Jesus is boring, but actually we’ve just sedated ourselves by drinking in the world. Thirsty? We can’t tell, we’re too numb.
We actually need to be thirsty. It’s the thirsty who come to Jesus and are given the water of life.
We need to come to Him – be thirsty.
We need to receive Him – drink deeply.
We need to believe Him – be children of God.
Jesus wants His life-giving Spirit to flow up and out of us, refreshing our lives to water a parched, punch-drunk world.
‘He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
‘He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be My children.’ Revelation 21:5-7
Thirsty yet? Come!