Recently I had an idea to go buy Allison some pretty flowers from the grocery store because I knew how much she liked them. When I got to the store I was looking around and saw some of the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen! They were bright red and eye catching with their bright green stems.
When I showed them to Allison she loved them! I found a vase at home and I put the flowers in the water then placed them on the table.
But I noticed something… one flower escaped from the rest! It somehow didn’t make it in the water and was laying on the kictchen counter while the rest of it’s friends were bathing in the water. I left it there all by itself on the counter… I can’t remember if I was being lazy or because I didn’t care but I left it! 🙂
The Dang Thing Died
About three days later I went into the kictchen and I saw the one little flower on the counter had turned into the ugliest flower I’d ever seen. It was black and it’s stem looked dark and greyish. I gasped and thought “I hope the others don’t look like this!” so I ran over and compared the flowers to the dead one… sure enough the ones in the vase were still bright red, happy as can be! I stood there thinking like the preacher I am… “wow, the same thing happens to us spiritually when we aren’t connected to Jesus. He’s our water like the water gives life to the flowers.”
Jesus had a conversation with a woman who He wasn’t supposed to be talking to because Jews and Samaritans weren’t supposed to mix but Jesus didn’t care about what others thought about Him. He was brave. Jesus said this to her about water He has:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)
Jesus also says this to her in the conversation:
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
The kind of water Jesus is talking about isn’t drinking water… it’s much more powerful than that. It’s water that satisfies us. Satiesfies our desires, longings and wants in life. When we are filled with living water from Jesus we have life to the fullest because His water is a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Last January I wasn’t in a great place spiritually and I had to attend a ministry conference in Asheville, NC. I went there not knowing what I was about to hear but Jesus spoke to me through a man that was a keynote speaker those days. That man… I cannot remeber his name but in one of his messages he was talking about having life to the fullest by staying connected to Jesus.
He held up a tiny red heart and said, “things in this world change all the time. Change of thoughts, change of place, change of heart, change of jobs but there’s one thing that never changes.” Then he dipped his hands into the baptism water in front of him and said “this right here never changes… Jesus always loves you because you are his. Connect and live in the water.” I was honestly in tears at this point.
When we stop seeing Jesus as our living water we turn to other things in the world that cannot be living water. Only Jesus is meant to be the real living water for us. What happens when we stop going to the water is we become like the red flower… dead, dried up and black.
Are You Connected To The Water?
What have you been going to lately? What’s been your water? Has it been Jesus? Has it been something else in the world? Jesus is the living water we all desperatly need. Just like that preacher said, Jesus’ thoughts about us never change, He’s always there loving us and waiting on us to come back for a drink of living water.
The only way to live a satisfying life to the fullest is to live connected to Jesus’ living water.
I want you to think about what it is you’ve been going to lately searching for comfort. If it’s not Jesus it’s time to reconnect to the living water and be filled. Jesus doesn’t want us to be like the dead flower not living life to the fullest.
Jesus I need you today, right now. I’ve been searching for other things to satisfy and fill me. Jesus come fill me with your living water. I trust and depend on you for fulfill my needs and desires. I surrendur to you Jesus. You have my thoughts, my ways, my desires and wants. My life is in your hands. Show me to how to abide in you. Amen.