Sunday, September 24

Bottom line

The living water of eternal life is a free gift from God to those that are thirsty….
A thirsty person has an intense desire for water. In the passage above, Jesus is offering the free gift of eternal life to those who are thirsty. Who are the thirsty and what are they thirsty for? Since everyone is not redeemed, it follows that everyone is not thirsty for the living water that Jesus promises. Perhaps Jesus is referring to those that hunger and thirst for righteousness…. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6). The thirsty then would be those that mourn for their sinful condition and realize they are sinners and cannot save themselves….. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Death is the wage that is earned by man before a Holy and righteous God. There is no possibility for salvation other than the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. He is the spring of the water of life. The drink is without cost to the sinner who is thirsty. Therefore, a sinner must first be thirsty for this living water. Without a thirst and desire to drink, a sinner will not partake of this living water of eternal life. Praise God if you see the need and have a thirst and desire to drink of this water. If you are not thirsty, pray that God will move you to see the need and have the desire for this living water…… Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20). What a great promise Jesus makes in this verse.

5 comments:

bluecollar said...

I am sure that after you entered the Air Force that you went through some grueling basic training. You probably became well aquainted with the very definition of thirst in the process. Thirsty people drink; yea, they crave water. On the other hand, dead people don't get thirsty. Hmmm.

jazzycat said...

Mark,
So true. Until God quickens one to see the need, he is not thirsty for spiritual water, because he is spiritually dead. He, of course, is very thirsty for physical water and the things of this world. Jesus basically told the woman at the well this very thing.........

The worst thirst I ever had was a long time ago during August when high school coaches did not let football players drink water during practice. Aug. in Mississipp can be hot and humid.

bluecollar said...

In my high school football experiences, August was a nasty time too, as were the wrestling team practices. Amazing how much the body begs for water.

Dan said...

I am reminded of my children when it is time for bed they go through the ritual of "I have to go potty", "I'm hungry", "I'm thirsty". There is not a true desire of a drink, they are using thirst as a excuse or justification to stay up longer. The crowd that John called a brood of vipers in Luke is the same. They were not thirsty for the water of repentance they were just interested in a "easy" heavenly guarantee. There is a lot of people pretending to be thirsty in the world today. I pray they truly become thirsty before it is too late.

Bhedr said...

Yes these are excellent points by you and everyone on these coments as well.