“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
– John 7:37,38
This is such a profoundly simple yet powerful invitation and promise. And certainly the “anyone who thirsts” becomes “everyone” at some point in his or her life. People can be thirsty because they are seekers who have not yet encountered the love of God. Or people can be thirsty because they are lonely or perhaps caught in the insanity cycle of addiction. Jesus tells us to let such people come to him and drink.
To drink would be to partake of what Jesus has to offer out of the wellspring of his overflowing merciful love. But to drink means something more than just coming to Jesus. In the gospel we read about Bartimaeus who daringly made his way to Jesus. But Jesus would not allow things to end there. Jesus asked Bart, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bart’s thirst to “see” was only satisfied after he not only came to Jesus but also specifically responded to Jesus’ clarifying question.
It seems that many may make their way to Jesus yet never drink in what they specifically thirst for. Perhaps some do not really know what they thirst for. Others may know but not feel worthy to ask for anything. Yet I know there are many who simply think that coming to Jesus is enough without the pursuit of and a focused application of the specific gospel provision that would satisfy their thirst. I see this played out in the context of thirsty people attending church regularly but who never ask for prayer or respond to ministry invitations where God often moves with supernatural power. These are the people most vulnerable to discouragement and despair. My encouragement to such people is, “Please receive a drink from the cup that Jesus has put within your reach!”
Jesus promises streams of living water to those who would indeed come to him and drink. A provision of “flowing streams” is no doubt more than enough to satisfy one’s thirst. Jesus is and offers more than enough! May it never be said of us that we have not because we asked not.
What do you have a thirst for? What might it mean for you to come to Jesus and drink?