Are you thirsty for more?
Are you painfully conscious of the need for your dry soul to be refreshed, supported, and strengthened?
Living in the world today, it’s easy to get parched and fast. We all need refreshment, support and strength.
But where do we get it? Where is the water for those who are thirsty? Where is the water for those who want more?
The water is available. It’s living water, meaning that it never stops flowing. And it is alive. The water comes from heaven from God Almighty. It is spiritual in nature and thus indestructible.
But how do we get access?
Well, if we really want to know let’s take a look at four commands:
1) Isaiah 55:1
WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].
We can see from this command that it is intended for those who are really thirsty. We are told to LISTEN and COME. There is no need for money because there is NO PRICE to pay. But what is required is SELF-SURRENDER and ACCEPTING the blessing.
2) Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
This one commands anyone OVERBURDENED to come as well. But this one specifies a person: “Me.” Note that there is no invitation to church here. Neither is there an invitation to the Bible. Jesus Christ spoke those words so it is TO HIM ALONE we are commanded to come. The reward He gives is REST, RELIEF and REFRESHING for our souls. There is NO HEAVY BURDEN to carry, but heavenly COMFORT to enjoy.
3) John 7:37-8
Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
Another command to COME and DRINK. Believing is the key word here. BELIEVE means to trust in, adhere to and rely on. And it is directed toward “Me.” Again, Christ the King. When we come believing, the consequential water He offers us will FLOW FROM WITHIN our souls. This is the BLESSING He gives.
4) Revelation 22:17
The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.
This command instructs us again to COME, anyone who is REALLY THIRSTY. We can come and DRINK without any cost to us, only BLESSING.
Are we really thirsty?
If so, HOW THIRSTY are we?
Are we willing to steer our HEARTS in a NEW direction to find the water we crave?
If it’s true that “doing the same thing while expecting different results is insanity,” then maybe we should consider the probability that nothing of significance will ever really change in our lives unless we steer in a NEW direction.
Since the commands announced decisively that there was no price to pay, then neither money nor effort is an issue for us. We are simply invited to come, take, appropriate, and drink.
When we are thirsty for a glass of water, we get up, choose a cup, go to the water source and fill our cup. Then we drink until we’ve had enough. The spiritual process is no different than the physical, except that the spiritual works in a dimension where there is no limit on the amount we can drink and so our thirst never returns.
Could the first issue be the simple decision to COME?
Could the next issue be a willingness to SURRENDER?
And then finally, could it be possible that we need only to RECEIVE… the heavenly gift, the blessing, the flowing water, the rest, the refreshment, the comfort for our souls?
COME ~ SURRENDER ~ RECEIVE
COME ~ To respond to the command to come, we approach the One who made the offer. We ask, seek, knock, listen and learn to know Him.
What is keeping you from coming to Him?
SURRENDER ~ To respond to the command to surrender, we lay down whatever we think we need to approach Him. He needs nothing from us, but is rich and generous.
What might be blocking you from surrendering to Him?
RECEIVE ~ To respond to the command to receive, we open our hearts and hands to receive freely from Him.
What could be holding you back from receiving from Him?
Let’s examine our hearts.
If we have read the commands and all of this living water is freely available to us and we are really thirsty, then… what in the world are we waiting for?