Remember the refreshing feel of that ice cold drink of water after you mowed the lawn or ran a marathon or woke up realizing you are thirsty beyond compare? At times, nothing else can really satisfy us like a glass of clear, pure, clean water. God has provided us the freshest source of renewal we can drink—water and He has asked us to give drink to the thirsty when we are able to.
We all need water. Sixty percent of our bodies are made of water. Without water, we could die in three days. In harsh conditions, we could die in three hours without water. No wonder it is a work of mercy to give drink to the thirsty!
After visiting Chicago multiple times, I am well aware of the number of homeless people, often asking for money or food. But, are they ever given water?
Last week, I decided to take to the streets of Chicago for a few hours with some friends and a bag of bottled water. While we walked around the city blocks surrounded by skyscrapers and noisy cars, we passed many people that day. The sun was hot, and almost everyone was sweaty and seeking air conditioning. Each time we saw someone asking for help or sitting on the sidewalk, we handed them a bottle of water. It took a lot of courage at first to just hand a stranger a bottle of water, but it was worth it. It’s one thing to give someone what they want, but it is another to give them what they need. And, everyone needs water.
The desire and need for water is strong, but the desire for Christ’s love is even stronger. Jesus on the cross said, “I thirst” (John 19:28). What do you thirst for?
Jesus died on the cross for love of you—beaten, bruised, humiliated, exhausted, and thirsty. Christ’s thirst for us is unmatched, and your love for Him be unmatched by anything else in this world—even water. You may not have been there at the foot of the cross to give Christ the water he asked for, but you can give others who are struggling with their crosses the water and love they need: “I was thirsty and you gave me drink… whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Refer to Matthew 25:31-46). Thirst for Christ, and act upon that thirst by helping those who are parched.
We are all thirsty somehow, and as a Christian, you are called to quench that thirst, whether literally handing someone water or showing them the way to Christ.
“O, God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You.” (Psalm 63:1)
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