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Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections on His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is John 7:37 which says,

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.”


One thing that has been positive about this “shut down” for me was the opportunity to try to

get back into some semblance of shape. Too often, those of us who are believers fail to realize that our physical health matters too. God wants us to take care of our bodies, but not so that we can look killer on the beach or buff at the club. No, he wants us to prepare our bodies, as well as our hearts and minds, so that we have the strength, endurance, and clarity needed for the life we get to live in His Name for others. He wants you on His victorious team, “in the game” as it were. He want you “in the race” of life so that you can experience the joy of receiving and sharing His love with others until the “buzzer sounds!” So, get ready.

How do we do that? In the area of physical health, we should eat properly and make sure we are getting enough rest. We should stretch before and after working out. We should be disciplined about this too. But in the midst of all that, there is one thing that we dare not overlook. What is it? It’s making sure that our body is well hydrated before, during, and after exercising. In fact, drinking water is essential to life, period. I remember a buddy of mine at Concordia University, Irvine. He was committed to being in shape, so much so that he always carried around a 2-liter bottle of water. I’d ask him, “Cedric, what’s with the ridiculously large bottle of water?” He would be quick to answer, “Greg, got to stay hydrated. Got to be ready for whatever comes.” I’d laugh. But today I realize just how vital water is for the preparation, effort, and endurance that’s needed to live life for all its worth.

Today, Jesus is telling us that we need an even more significant kind of “water.” In fact, when it comes to real, soul-quenching thirst, He says only His living water can satisfy. He’s talking about being satiated with the spiritual blessings that come from HIM ALONE. He said it pretty clearly, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” Wow. Knowing the necessity of water in the parched lands of the Middle East, He boldly asserts that our souls need what He provides even more. Then He offers the very waters of eternal life graciously as a gift to all who desire it.

So, where do you find yourself today? If you are physically parched, of course, drink up! There’s nothing like cold, refreshing H2O.  But if you are spiritually and emotionally parched, come to the Spirit-filled words of Jesus. They are the very water of life for your eternal satiation and salvation. The mission of Jesus was to enter our sinful world and our brokenness in order to take on our pain. He entered the aridness of the desert of our sin and rebellion in order to give us living water to drink. His living water empowers our new life with Him and satiates our thirst for God’s righteousness, justice, and peace. He knows all about that kind of thirst, but, more importantly, He offers the water that can quench it: faith in Him as your Savior.

So if you are still struggling with all the issues that we’ve been through these past few months, if you are “parched” emotionally and spiritually, or even at the end of your rope, it’s time to realize that there is “soul-satiating water” for you in Jesus. There’s a Spirit-filled message of grace, love, and life that will quench your ultimate thirst. Drink up! God bless.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, in a world that concerns itself with physical health and well-being, give us the wisdom to look to You for the good news of Your Gospel, Your very Spirit-filled Word, that satisfies our hearts and souls, both now and forever. AMEN.

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