I recently started drinking more water. All my life I have tried to be a water drinker but never really liked drinking it. I preferred to have something with taste. I would never completely enjoy a meal if I had to drink plain old water with it. But about 6 months ago, I started drinking water with lemon and really started to not only enjoy drinking water but also craving it.
And the funny thing about water (that does not happen with other drinks, in my opinion) is the more you drink it, the thirstier you become.
I came across John 4 in my Bible reading plan the other day. It is the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. He says to her, “I am the living water,” and then he says in verse 13, ”Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”
I have always kinda struggled with this passage. I understand that it is saying, Jesus can fill every void in your life. But the never thirst again part holds me up because I just have to admit, I still have times of thirst in my life. Times where I am discontent, or feeling maybe, unfulfilled.
And as I have thought on this passage, the Lord brought my water drinking experience to mind. The more you drink water, the more you want water. And it is the same way with Jesus. The more you drink of Him, the more you want of Him and the more fulfilled you feel. And feel is the key word, because when Jesus came into my life, He filled me, all the way. But I don’t always feel that way.
You see, if I fill my day with busyness, even the busyness of good things like caring for my family, and then when I have a few moments to relax, I spend that time in some mindless entertainment, never taking even a fraction of my day to pray and read God’s Word, eventually, I will not even thirst for the things of Christ. And then eventually I will find myself feeling busy and unfulfilled.
But if I take a few moments each day to focus on Jesus, then I will begin to want more of Him. I will think more of Him. And I will see Him in my busyness and I will feel fulfilled because I will know that He is in it all with me. The more you drink, the thirstier you become.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.”
Being thirsty for Jesus doesn’t start like drinking water from a fire hydrant. It starts with just drinking a glass every day.