Saturday, July 4, 2009

Drink Deeply

Today we as Americans celebrate our freedom. But I would be remiss not to mention the true freedom found in Christ Jesus. Have you experienced it?

Freedom from the power of sin. Freedom to live in peace rather than fear. Freedom to love and forgive. This is the freedom that brings eternal blessing.

Last night I listened to a sermon from John Piper on the Samaritan woman found in John 4. It was the first of a three part series. If you have never listened to his messages be prepared to go deep into the amazing grace of God. Piper has a way of passionately delivering the word, under the leading of the Spirit, so that the listener is drawn to their knees in gratitude.

There are a number of lessons to be learned from this passage, but I was reminded of one that I found myself meditating upon in the night watches. Piper clarifies, and I paraphrase, "Many preach evangelistic messages based upon Jesus' meeting with the Samaritan woman, saying that we can learn from him how to share the love of God. But what we need to realize is that we are that Samaritan woman. And if we can grasp that truth then we wouldn't need messages on evangelism techniques."

What Piper was saying is that evangelism is an overflow. An active, intimate relationship with the Father--abiding in Him--necessitates its spilling forth. His love, ways, mercy, and forgiveness cannot be contained. When we set our eyes upon this Jesus who quenches our every thirst, then the natural response will be to proclaim His goodness to others.

So let's get serious about this thing. Let us each take hold of the cup, filled to the brim with living water, put it to our dry, cracked lips, and drink deeply His offered gift of life. Oh, friend, nothing else will satisfy your or my thirst. True freedom is found in Him. Let's celebrate!

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