I read a sentence this morning that again made me stop in my tracks, pick up a notepad and pen and write it down with the thought this has to be remembered and shared. I wrote it in the margin of my bible alongside John chapter 4. It came from my Every Day with Jesus devotional – let me recommend it again as a daily devotional no matter how old or young a Christian you are. (I found a place in Vancouver area that actually stocks it!)
Here’s the sentence:
Without the water that comes from Him we will stop to drink at any dirty cistern.
I actually wrote system instead of cistern as I jotted it down to bring here, and that was appropriate when I thought about it.
This doesn’t just apply when we first decide to follow Jesus. Yes, that’s the first and biggest decision to stop drinking dirty water and receive the living water He supplies but even after that decision we can (and do) still choose to have a little sip from cisterns that aren’t Him. Sometimes those water sources are rank, stagnant pools that if we stopped for a moment and thought we would recognise as poison and run away from. Sometimes, however, they are only a tiny bit off, just a tad impure and they seem to be so much easier to get to than He is – or so we think. They don’t need us to walk that narrow path, or take up that cross, or carry that yoke. We rationalise and say ‘it’s fine, this water is clear, this water is good for me, look at what benefits it offers’ and we drink deeply only to find it isn’t pure, it’s not good for us and the benefits aren’t benefits but are a huge debt we can’t pay. That water’s not free at all we just didn’t read the smallprint.
His water is alive: it’s fresh, it bubbles with life and energy and purity. It cleanses and refreshes and restores and enlivens and illuminates and sets us free. Without that water we will take what we can find, we get thirsty and look for things that satisfy our hearts, our eyes, our bodies.
Jesus: 13 Drink this water, and your thirst is quenched only for a moment. You must return to this well again and again. 14 I offer water that will become a wellspring within you that gives life throughout eternity. You will never be thirsty again.
Let’s make a choice to keep taking the living water. To make an appointment daily, hourly, minute by minute to drink that water so we never get thirsty again.