I awoke in the deep darkness of the early morning. As my awareness of my surroundings was awakened, I realized that I was parched from the night’s sleep. Longing for a drink of water, I rose from bed and began to stumble through the dark house to make my way down to the kitchen. Once in the kitchen, I was able to turn on the light, fill a glass of water, and quench my thirst. What a refreshing feeling!
In much the same way, we can quench our spiritual thirst when we wake in the morning by drinking from Christ Himself as our Living Water.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:7-15)
The life of Jesus Christ indwelling us by the Holy Spirit is our Living Water. When you wake in the morning, enter your inner temple where this living water dwells to quench your spiritual thirst. It is our inheritance as Christians to partake of this life. Just as we cannot live without physical water, we cannot live spiritually without drinking of Christ. Of course, we need to drink water throughout the day to keep from becoming thirsty again. In the same way, we can continue to drink throughout the day from the spring of water (Christ’s life) welling up inside of us.
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)
How do we partake of this Living Water? I think the method is less important than the focus. If our focus is on gaining knowledge and understanding, we will very likely miss the Person. May we not forget that Christ is a living Person whom we can know in an intimate way. We can fellowship with our Lord. One of the best guides I know for this is The Temple Within by Milt Rodriguez. (This is the follow up book review I mentioned in the review of Hearing God.) Milt not only gives us tools to fellowship with Christ, but he also reveals a picture of our life in Christ, His life in us, and God’s eternal purpose for His church – the bride, family, and house of God. This book is rich with insight and revelation of our wonderful Savior. Order it here.