Friday, November 30, 2012

Living Water

“Then you will seek me, inquire for, and require me [as a vital necessity] and find me when you search for me with all of your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13, AMP

It doesn’t seem like there is any place for “park” or even “neutral” when it comes to seeking after God. The bottom line is that it’s going to require effort--a lot of it, and it’s going to require all of your heart.

I would like you to consider whether or not you think the following statement is true:

“We’re either running to God, or we’re running from God.”

I actually believe that statement to be true and here’s why: God is at the center of everything. He is the center of our worlds, whether we acknowledge it or not. In other words, just because an atheist doesn’t believe in God-- doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist. God’s existence doesn’t depend on our beliefs. God simply “is”, end of story. Now whether or not we connect our lives with Him on a daily basis is totally up to us and it’s based on our willingness of seek Him with all of our hearts. This is important because if we’re not running after God, then we’re more than likely drifting away from Him.

It reminds me of the story of the woman at the well in John chapter 4. The woman came seeking water and she found something of much greater value: Jesus. Because she found Him, she found what He called living water and she was never, ever the same. Listen to what Jesus promised her in verses 13 and 14:

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Jesus pointed to that well and told her that she’d never be satisfied with just natural water. Our souls thirst for something much more valuable, and that is a relationship with Him. He described this relationship as living water, and He said it would be inside of us, springing up every day, to give us spiritual vitality. Natural water, water that comes from the outside, is necessary to us physically. Well, so too is that living water, that springs up from within, necessary for us spiritually. It’s that living water that begins to shape us into who we will become. But it doesn’t just happen, we have to seek it, run for it, like a vital necessity. Do you know that most of us could go without food for nearly 40 days? But after just three days without water, we’d be near death.

That’s why God put this story of the woman at the well in the Bible, for us to see just how important it was to seek God above all else. It reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We all need the refreshing living water that only Jesus can bring. He’s the living water that all of us seek. When we seek Him with all of our hearts, He begins to shape us into the people we were created to be. So run after Jesus today with all you’ve got and just watch what He will do.

You see our faith in Jesus Christ isn’t defined by something we do-- but by the someone we become through Him. So let’s seek that living water today!

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