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Day Five: Entreat Up!

Friday, August 12th, 2016

John 7:37-39a – “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit…

Jesus made a startling promise when he was here on earth. He invited anyone who was thirsty, who was unsatisfied in life to come to him. The promise was that whoever believed in him would have rivers of living water flowing from within to satisfy that thirsting in their innermost being. Pretty incredible, right?

The qualification for receiving the promise is not “if anyone is white or black or Asian or Latino,” not “if anyone has lived a good life,” or “if anyone is rich,” or “if anyone is poor.” No, Jesus doesn’t say any of that. The only qualification is the following: Is anybody thirsty? Anybody unsatisfied? Anybody up at night wondering why you’re alive? If anybody is like that, “Come to me,” Jesus says. If you’re not thirsty, there’s no invitation for you.

This invitation is definitely for everyone in the world who doesn’t know Jesus; but it can also apply to believers, who unfortunately could get distracted by what they see around them and begin to not be satisfied with Jesus alone. As they lose that fellowship with the Lord, as they lose their trust in him and their closeness with him, they begin to try to gain satisfaction from all the things that the world is going after. They pursue the same things, watch the same things, run after the same things…As Christians drift away from the Lord, one of the signs is that they stop delighting themselves in God. Money, fame, education, political causes – those can become the goal for Christians as well as people who don’t know Christ. When they achieve the goal, however, they’re just as empty as they were before.

The good news is that the promise that Jesus made still holds true today. Someone may say, “But I don’t’ deserve it! After all, I used to serve the Lord and I should have known better…No, but don’t know what I’ve done in my life…But I’m so weak!” Jesus’ response is the same: “Anyone who’s thirsty – anyone – come to me and drink! I will fill the emptiness, give you joy and peace and provide that satisfaction that you need in your life.” Are you thirsty? If you are, why don’t’ come to him today?
(Taken from Jim Cymbala’s daily devotional.)


Day Four: Offer Up

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Day Three: Put Off, Put On

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Day Two: Word Up

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Day One: The Truth is Jesus

Monday, August 8th, 2016