INVITATION TO THE THIRSTY
I know of no other invitation with such significance to our lives. Not long after “many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him” (John 6:66), Jesus proclaims this invitation to the crowds gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths; “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (7:37). As in chapter six, Jesus was not referring to the literal need of water, but the dry conditions of the soul. It is true that both the physical and spiritual need of water is so critical that life is dependent on receiving water. The need of spiritual water is more critical than physical water. If we die from lack of physical water but have our souls satisfied with the water of life in Christ, we have eternal satisfaction and our thirst is quenched.
The invitation is clear, but we have a problem either admitting that we are thirsty or recognizing that our souls are dry. If we do not realize that our souls are spiritually dry, we will not come, even at the invitation of the Author of life. This is a sad condition, and I have known those who ignore their spiritual condition to the point their conscience is dull and they do not realize how dry they are. Others who know they are thirsty and do nothing about it are in a serious condition also. Jesus’ invitation was to all and it is up to us to respond.
The real question is whether you have responded to Jesus’ invitation to “Come”? If you are not thirsty, please realize that something is seriously wrong. It may be that you need to ask God to give you a thirst for Himself, the living water. This world is filled with promises to satisfy your empty thirsty soul, but everyone is an empty promise. Only Jesus can give living water that will give present and eternal satisfaction. Whether you have never come to Jesus as your Savior and Lord or have been a believer for years, your greatest needs is to come daily to the feet of Jesus and receive the water of life that gives lasting refreshment. WILL YOU COME?
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