The image of what has occurred in Christ and what we have hope in for the future is often pictured as refreshing water. “Come all who thirst and drink of the water without price” (Isaiah 55:1, Revelation 22:7… even Jesus in John 7).
This is what the gospel is really, a cool drink of water, freely given to parched souls, thirsty people in need of refreshment and hydration. Many of us have realized this in real ways in our lives. A big piece of the picture though is that this water is not meant only for you. It is meant to flow from you for others.
As a people we are called to drink deeply of the good news of Jesus – his life, death and resurrection – together, in community, making sure everyone among us is staying “hydrated” in the gospel. And we take this water to those dying of thirst around us. Those that have been drinking all kinds of other things; the sand of success, the sugar of pleasure or the dust of self, all leaving them parched and withering. Like drops of life comes the freely given forgiveness and freedom in Jesus.
Believing in him and seeing how he gives us his righteousness and a future of hope, we are revived, flourishing as we were meant. As Christians we sit above a reservoir of this water of life, let’s tap it and give it freely and frequently.
Today, determine to drink more of the goodness of Christ and share your cup with the thirsty.