Following this week’s sermon about being “Satisfied” in Christ, I thought about how when we thirst, water is so precious and satisfying to our body. It is the same spiritually. When we thirst for Jesus (a.k.a – Living Water), He quenches our spiritual thirst with precious and satisfying fellowship. Below is an excerpt that I received from someone at Sojourn and I thought it was a perfect piece to pass on. Within it is a key aspect to getting a good spiritual drink!
From “Finding Rest – When the Work is Never Done” by Patrick Klingaman
Notice how the promises of Christ contrast with what the world offers. Christ promises rest, while the world offers endless pursuits and diversions. Christ teaches us to replace our burdens with His lighter yoke; the world tells us that it is all up to us. When we follow Christ, we fall in step with a gentle and humble Leader who, during His walk on earth, never appeared to be in a hurry. When we hop on the world’s bandwagon, we find life to be hurried and harsh.
We live in an impatient world that wants instant satisfaction, yet we serve a patient, enduring, eternal God. This dramatic contrast makes it easier for us to determine which has the greatest influence on our lives. According to Tim Kimmel in Little House on the Freeway, hurry and impatience come from the influence of sin:
Our hurried lifestyle is a result of taking shortcuts in life. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, sin has refused to let us rest. Stripped to its core, sin is “the desire to have it now.” Sin is the enemy of time. It takes time to be organized. It takes time to meaningfully communicate. It takes time to develop intimate friendships. It takes time to build character in a child. Warped by sin, our egos look for cheap shortcuts. Instead, we end up restless and dissatisfied with life.
Restlessness and hurry are by-products of sin, but their real danger is that they preemptreflection and meaningful time with God. “Be still and know that I am God.” I think the wisdom of that verse is lost on our culture…..
Let’s not let this verse, “Be still and know that I am God”, be lost on us men! Let us not be men of cheap shortcuts; rather, let us be those who reflect and meditate on the Word of God and drink deeply from Him, that we might be filled and ready to be poured out for His sake.