Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
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Dear Lovely Readers,
Today, how will you react when the Lord asks you for a drink?
Will you maybe ignore His Voice, avoid His Words, 'block' His request, or attempt to drown Him out with Christmas Carols and Shopping Malls? Will you excuse yourself because you're too tired/busy/inconvenienced, then politely decline by being 'helpful' enough to point Him to another source of refreshment?
Your thoughts may actively lead you to wonder, "Why would He be asking? 'Shouldn't He be the One giving instead? Isn't He The source of provision in my life?
‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
(Matthew 25: 37-39)
But the Lord DOES ask and WILL ask. THAT is part of His Righteous Character.
Jesus asks each of us for a drink.
And yes, we all DO hear Him.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God,
and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’
you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
I also heard it but I admit that I didn't really 'know' the gift.
Instead, I complained a little under my breath (because I myself claimed the need to be watered), I was uncomfortable with the sudden request (after all, it was totally not in my schedule), but I did, nevertheless, oblige, and (eventually) served the drink with a smile.
This 'drink' My Lord asked me for this week was in the form of someone in need. And, this particular person's need for love, peace and joy was so great that it completely overwhelmed my entire household. But, by God's Grace, we welcomed them into our life and sustained their physical, emotional and spiritual need.
And the King will answer and say to them,
‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these
My brethren, you did it to Me.’
(Matthew 25: 40)
So now, I'm coming to realize that the 'drink' Jesus will ask of me is, and always will be, completely for HIS Kingdom's sake.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
And I'm beginning to know that sacrificing the time and effort to offer it, is really such a 'gift' for me, because it not only benefits MY life and MY purpose here on earth but for all eternity.
“For everyone will be seasoned with fire,
and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it?
Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
With every drink the Lord requests from us, comes the purposeful opportunity for me and my family to minister. By the use of the gifts HE has given us and the flowing of 'Living Waters' of HIS Holy Spirit, which we freely received by His Grace, we are able to season others and in turn be seasoned in ourselves, while we wait to receive and inherit His ultimate Gift.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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