Taste, Thirst & Temptation

We have a saying in the Caribbean for when someone appears to have developed a strong liking for something. We ask, “you get taste?”

That’s because we realize that this person is repeatedly engaging in a particular experience; whether it is eating a particular food, going a particular place or hanging out with a particular person.

In other words, they’re hooked.

As growing Christians, it is in our best interest to get hooked on Jesus; specifically on the drink He is serving up.

We are reminded of His words in John 4:14 GNT, “But those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.”

We need to “get taste” for Living Water because the enemy is out there concocting all kinds of cocktails to tempt us away from God.

Not many of us like to drink actual water. Many of us prefer sugary drinks.

But when last have you seen a flyer extolling the benefits of those drinks?
I am sure however that you can easily find one listing the many benefits of water.

The point is, we know the benefits that come with the Living Water that Jesus provides. It’s right there on the label so to speak. He says:

1. We won’t thirst anymore. I read this to mean that this Water will be in constant supply. We won’t ever be in need of it.

And isn’t that the way it is with God’s love, goodness and mercies to us? They are in always readily available.

2. We will be so saturated with that Water that a spring will bubble up from within us. We will be filled to overflowing.

When the love of God flows in our lives, people will be able to see it – through our actions and interactions with them. Our relationship with God will positively impact our relationship with others.

3. We will have eternal life. What other benefit from anything out there can conpare to this one?

Not one!

So today, let us ask God to place within us a thirst for His Living Water.

Just as our natural inclination may be to juice or soda, our natural inclination will be to sip from what Satan offers.

But in the same way that our bodies eventually break down as a result of bad health habits, so will our hearts and minds, and we will lose out on eternal life.

It is critical that we develop not only good, healthy habits, but good, spiritual ones as well.

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” Hebrews 3:15 ISV.

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