It Pays to be Thirsty
“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. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
Thirst is a powerful motivator. Someone can live several weeks without food, but only 3-4 days without water. During the day, we find ourselves drinking liquid much more often than eating. Next to air to breathe, water is the most important ingredient to sustain life.
Jesus offers us spiritual water in the form of His Holy Spirit to sustain us and meet our most basic needs. What would our life look like if we depended on God’s Very Presence, the Holy Spirit, the same way we depend on water?
This constant dependence on God is part of what Jesus meant when He said He was the vine and we are the branches. The branch is connected to the vine and the life source of the vine flows in and out of the branch to sustain life and bring forth fruit. We must stay connected, and desire the life force, to live fruitfully.
Tell the Father you need and want more of Him every day. Ask Him to let you drink continuously from His Living Water. Ask and you shall receive.
It pays to be thirsty.
Dive Deeper: Study John 7; John 4:13-14; Isaiah 12:3; Isaiah 35:3-6; Isaiah 43:19-21; Revelation 21:6-7.