Thursday, April 9, 2009

I'm thirsty (SERVolution & Easter)

Matthew 25:35 (nlt) --- For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.

It was early in the morning.  The sun was not even out.  Our tables were set up in a dark area which was on the way to entrance of the plant.  The first few people who came by wouldn't take not take a cup of coffee or a free biscuit.  Then it hit me.  Step away from the table and engage people with conversation and a bottle of water.  Something began to change.  Conversations started.
People around us are thirsty, and they need us to offer them a bottle of water and the living water of life.  That very thing is what will draw people to Jesus and change lives.
John 4:14 (nlt) --- But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.
That makes a lot of sense.  It also is the only thing that changes lives.  Jesus is the the water that never ends.
Sometimes it takes offering someone a bottle of water to get them to hear about the other water.  SERVolution has continued to offer our people opportunities to share that water, to give away life. Easter is that offering because without Jesus' death and His resurrection there is no life.  We have to understand that and share that.  Does that make me narrow minded?  If so, so be it.
From the cross Jesus said this:
John 19:28 (nlt) --- ... "I am thirsty."
That statement tells us much about Jesus.  He was fully human, but He was also cut off from the living water, cut off from God for us.  Jesus 'went the distance' to give us what will last forever.
What are we willing to do when we here the people around our community say, "I'm thirsty"?

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