[I just read a super Blog post by my friend, Stan Rodda, the Campus Pastor for our church’s Haymarket Campus. It is one of those articles that makes you consider anew something precious that we neglect to appreciate and simply take for granted. I hope you will take a few minutes and really reflect on it and come up with a way you can apply its message, the unique “takeaway” that God gives you, in your life. RMF]
I sat down to have dinner last night with my kids. My wife was hanging out with some girlfriends. I was preparing to make some chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese. Healthy, I know. I grabbed a pot from the cabinet, walked to the sink and turned on the faucet. Clean water poured into the pot. I started boiling it for the noodles. We sat down to eat and we were all thirsty. I grabbed four cups from the cupboard, placed some ice cubes (frozen, clean water) in the cups and filled them with clean drinking water from our sink. We enjoyed our nutritious meal and moved on with our evening. Most of the dishes were taken to the sink by my children. They’re good, I know. I turned on some hot water at our sink to rinse the plates. Then I filled our dishwasher with the dirty dishes. This is a machine that will spit out, clean water, at a scalding hot temperature to clean your dishes for you. Before long it was dark and time for bed. Upstairs we went. Clothes were stripped all over the floor and children were making their way to the bathroom. Clean water flowed to give my children showers. Each put on their pajamas and stood by the sink. They turned on the water and brushed their teeth in clean water. If I haven’t made my point clear, there is no shortage of clean water in our house.
My guess is there’s no shortage of clean water in your house either.
Hopefully, you are feeling somewhat uneasy about where I’m going with this. And you should feel uneasy about it. Want to know why? Because while you’re going through water like there’s no tomorrow, roughly 38,000 children under the age of 5, die every week because they don’t have clean water.
There, now you know. You don’t have an excuse anymore. You can’t hide behind the story that you didn’t know that was going on. You can’t pretend the issue doesn’t exist. You can’t look at your own five year old without seeing the face of a child who will not make it through tonight because they simply don’t have clean water.
When Jesus walked on the earth, he shared an illustration about the end of time. All of humanity will stand before God, the Creator of humanity. And while we stand there, Jesus will talk to us. He will say to some, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink” (Matthew 25:34, 35 NLT). I don’t claim to be a scholar, but it seems that God places a pretty high priority on giving water to people who are thirsty.
But it isn’t just water that so many people need. It is our highest priority on earth to love and serve people the way Jesus did. And often times this comes in the form of a cup of water. Yet this very opportunity presented itself to Jesus as well. In John 4 Jesus met a woman who was getting water from a well. But Jesus knew more about her than she realized. Her true need went beyond the water. It went into need something much deeper. Water was good, but she needed a Savior. Jesus shared with her some teachings about this very idea. And it was during this conversation that Jesus identified Himself as living water.
Yes, people need water!
Yes, it is our responsibility to provide it!
Even more, it is this generation’s great burden!
But ultimately, humanity needs a Savior. The Savior we need is the One who not only taught us to love and serve people, but will also ask us about how we did it when we meet Him some day.
As the Bible is closing out in the book of Revelation, we are given a beautiful scene of heaven. And in Revelation 22:17 we read these words, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”
Are you thirsty?
Are you giving a cup of water in the name of Jesus?
Because the One who is faithful (Jesus) to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” And we say, “Come. Lord Jesus, come.”
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and help quench someone’s thirst.