Obey your thirst(?)

Posted: May 16, 2016 in TLCC
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I’ve always been someone who watches commercials instead of the shows. Well, mostly I enjoy watching commercials. I would count if it is a 10-,a 30- or a one minute ad. Commercials give you a tagline for every product. Consider the following…

KFC – finger lickin’ good.

Mcdonalds – love ko ‘to (I love this!)

Jollibee – (Atin ang) Langhap Sarap [Google would translate this as inhalation zest but actually it’s more like really delicious]

Sprite

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Back then, the tagline is FOLLOW YOUR HUNGER, OBEY YOUR THIRST. It’s catchy. It really makes you want to drink Sprite on a hot afternoon. The question is, what are you thirsty about?

In John 4:9-15, we read the story of Jesus as he meets a woman in Samaria. He initiates a conversation about water and the woman just couldn’t grasp what Jesus is saying. Let us break it down to digestible chunks. Jesus is saying that…

[1] There is a water that is a gift from God

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God…(John 4:10)

A gift is something freely given. It’s not something we work for or something we purchase on our own terms. The giver of this water is God.

[2] This water is living water

…you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

It is alive. It is something that is fresh and life-giving.

[3] If you drink it, you never thirst again

…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. (John 4:14)

This water will satisfy your longings, your cravings, whatever it is that makes you thirst, this water is the cure. You will be in content. You will never want to have anything else.

[4] This water becomes a spring—a well of water

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water…(John 4:14)

Not only does this water takes away your thirst, this water makes you become a source of life for others. This water becomes a spring.

[5] This water gives eternal life

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

This water will make you live forever. You will have eternal life!

This water that Jesus offers is a gift, that is alive, and it will stop all our cravings (thirst), makes us a source of life for others, and grants us eternal life. What is he talking about?

Jesus was referring to Himself. Jesus is the Living Water! He is the gift that God gave for us. He is alive. He is the solution to all our cravings (whether we are looking for comfort, for love, for whatever it is that we need). He makes us a source of life for others. He grants us eternal life!

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So what does this mean for us today?

I. We need to drink from this Water.

Knowing Jesus is not the end goal for us. Believing in Him is what we want to achieve. We read and study Scriptures so we may come to a point of knowing so we can believe. We need to drink from this water means acknowledging my need for Christ. I will continually be searching for something to satiate my thirst until I come to a point of filling myself with Christ.

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Are you thirsty? Drink the water that is Christ. Are you looking for a relationship? Before you look for a girlfriend or boyfriend, know Christ first. Relationships will disappoint you because man (or woman) is sinful and will fall but Christ is the answer. Are you thirsting for financial stability? Drink from the water that Jesus is offering. Your desires will be for Him instead of the self. Are  you thirsting for acceptance? You need Jesus. Whatever you are thirsting about, anything else is temporary. It does not make any sense to keep on drinking salt water and you will be forever be thirsty instead of being satisfied. Come to the Living Water.

II. When we have Jesus, we become a source of life for others.

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Sometimes I don’t want to teach or live a Christian life because I feel so sinful and so not worthy of sharing the Gospel. But guess what? Being in Christ meant that as long as I go back to Him, as long as we repent of our sins and acknowledge His Lordship, Then we become a spring of life for others. This passage (John 4:9-15) reminds me to keep on drinking from Jesus. He would use a prostitute to teach us a lesson, if you drink from Him, you will be a spring of life. You will be a source of life for others. So come back to Him.

III. When I have Jesus, My eternity is secured.

The greatest benefit we have when we are in Christ is not that we are eternally secured but that I am assured that my relationship with Him is eternal. It is not the benefits of being in Christ that we are supposed to focus on but rather we need to keep our eyes on Him. A lot of Christians want the benefit of being in a relationship with Christ but not really wanting the responsibility of being in Christ. It’s like getting in a relationship because we use the resources of the other party instead of getting into a relationship because of love.

Being in Christ meant my eternity is secured because of Him. Regardless of what happens, if we drink from Jesus, we can rest knowing our eternity is secured. I won’t fear death. I won’t fear hunger, or whatever that comes my way. He has given me eternal life. What does someone who have eternal life look like?

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Can we look at ourselves, since we claim to have eternal life, are we life givers? Or do we suck life from people and we are so toxic that people avoid us?

Instead of obeying our thirst, we need to drink from Jesus. Let me end with what the Apostle John said in Revelations 22:17…

…And let the one who is thirsty come;  

let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

Can you do me a favor? If these ideas resonate with you, would you:

• REACT. Do something.
• RESPOND. Leave a comment on this post.
• REPOST. Repost this link on Twitter, Facebook or your blog.

 

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