John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
I’ll never forget that summer of 1994. That was the year that everything changed; again!!! I was experiencing, what I would describe, as a very dry season in my spiritual journey. Somehow I had forgotten the simplicity of those early days of my Christian experience. I was a pastor now but I was empty and dry. In the nick of time the Lord brought me to a place that was experiencing revival. Everything was about to change in my world but it had to start with me. In these revival services it was as if a new language that I was unfamiliar with was being spoken. There was talk about change, saturation, and drinking. The drinking part was the hardest for me to grasp. Some how I began to realize that drinking was another term for receiving. That was it; my receiver was broken. I was so used to being the person with all of the answers that I had forgotten how to receive; I needed to learn how to drink. Actually, drinking terminology is as old as the Bible. I was just clueless. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes spiritual drinking.
“Drinking represents a reception for which no fitness is required. A fool, a thief, a harlot can drink; and so sinfulness of character is no bar to the invitation to believe in Jesus. We want no golden cup, no bejeweled chalice, in which to convey the water to the thirsty; the mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down and quaff the flowing flood. Blistered, leprous, filthy lips may touch the stream of divine love; they cannot pollute it, but shall themselves be purified. Jesus is the fount of hope. Dear reader, hear the dear Redeemer’s loving voice as he cries to each of us, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink”.
Here was the most difficult part, you had to humble yourself in order to drink. Only those who recognize their spiritual poverty can even drink the living water. Just as Spurgeon pointed out, any foul character can drink. From the pimp to the prostitute, from the gangbanger to the bank executive all of us are in the same boat. When we come to our senses and bow before Him our life is finally flooded with living water. If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Jesus and drink.