THIRST! Is there any one of us who can attest to not constantly having it (obviously speaking of the Spiritual type not the “Red Kool-Aid” type :-D)? We are all thirsty all the time! Thirsty for peace, for joy, for satisfaction, even for significance. It’s been said that every day our soul craves! EVERY DAY! However, not only do we all share the testimony of thirst, but many of you reading this blog series would no doubt understand that it is only in Christ that our thirst is satisfied. To that, the majority would shout, AMEN, with that majority including me.
I am thirsty and I know where my thirst is quenched (Jeremiah 2:13, John 4:10, 7:37-38), and yet, very often and in various ways, I FAIL. I fail to drink and have my parched soul replenished. “How often” you ask? I’ll point to an example from this week to paint the picture.
For a season and as a display of thirst for Christ, I and two dear brothers in my church have resolved to call each other every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:45 AM for a time of deep prayer and devotion. For reasons I won’t get into and excuses I won’t make, I failed again this week to wake up for that time of prayer! I’m thirsty, I know that only in Christ is my thirst truly satisfied, and yet, I failed to drink. If my story ended there, it would certainly be depressing, but praise God it doesn’t. You see these brothers, who are thirsty as well, know my need to be replenished. At 6:00 AM in the morning (15 minutes past the start time), I felt the nudge of my wife waking me and handing me her cell phone. These men called my wife to see if I had overslept and to wake me so I could join in that precious time with them before our God!
I’m thirsty and they know my thirst! So, in my fragility and weakness, when I failed to come and drink on my own, they led me to the waters that satisfy my soul. Yes, fam, it is such a joy to have a thirst for Christ, but what an indescribable blessing it is to have people thirsting for Him alongside you.
This is one of the most spectacular measures of God’s grace towards us. Christian community!
King David captures my grateful excitement in his 133rd Psalm:
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
Like Aaron’s anointing, it is in this unity that our consecration and sanctification can have its place. As with the dew of Hermon on the mountains of Zion, it is through this community of Faith that spiritual fruitfulness can become reality. We are right to say that God can only quench our thirst, but He has uniquely wired us and created our Faith experience so that we might thirst for Him TOGETHER!
When we fail to drink, God oftentimes uses Christian Community as a unique way of forcing our dry mouths open and pouring living water into our parched souls. Behind the many Christian men and women kneeling at the Living Brooks of Jesus, there are more often than not other brothers and sisters whose hands they had to hold from time and time in order to be led there.
Fam! Drink freely from the Living Waters of our Savior, but let us draw near to that Well together that we may encourage and be encouraged to drink over and over to the satisfaction of our souls’ THIRST!
Stay Thirsty My Friends Indeed!
Servant of the amazing Jesus Christ, Husband of the astonishing Candi Crawford, Father of the adorable Brian II (B.J.) and Elijah James (E.J.), and Pastor of the awesome Joshua Generation Church (Tallulah, LA). Learn more at jgchurch.org or follow him on Twitter @bcis4jc.