â€œIf anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.â€ John 7:37b
Such simple words.Â Such simple action.Â And yet, sometimes it seems the hardest thing to do.Â Go and do seems a much easier command.Â And we are told to go, but only after we come.
Iâ€™m reading Alan Fadlingâ€™s An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus Rhythms of Work and Rest.Â In it I found an interesting reflection on the Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20, quoted from Paul Jensen.
â€œThere are two commissions here, an inner and an outer one.Â First Jesus directed his disciples to the mountain â€“ there to meet him, see him, experience his unconditional love, especially in their doubt (or perhaps hesitation.)Â Second, in the context to their obedience to the inner commission, he gave them the outer commission to make disciples of all nations.â€
How many times do I try to go and do before I come and drink? Â I find that I am constantly drinking from other fountains and they leave me thirsty.
John 7:37-39 has been my meditation for the last two weeks.Â Iâ€™m memorizing the words and tucking the idea down deep in my heart.Â A hundred times a day it seems I hear the Spirit whisper this invitation back to me.Â Iâ€™m striving to be productive and I hear â€œCome and drink.â€Â Iâ€™m self-focused and I hear â€œCome and drink.â€ Iâ€™m frustrated with circumstances and I hear â€œCome and drink.â€ Iâ€™m weary and I hear â€œCome and drink.â€Â Iâ€™m overwhelmed and I hear â€œCome and drink.â€Â Iâ€™m relaxing and still I hear the invitation, â€œCome and drink.â€Â And the more often I hear that whispered invitation the more I want to come to Jesus and drink.
I want to drink deep of the living water so that I can live an overflowing life.Â Jesus goes on to say that streams of living water will flow from within the one who believes in him, referring to the presence and work of the Holy Spirit.Â I want that.Â I want presence and work of the Spirit of God to overflow from my heart, permeating my relationships and impacting my work.
It starts when I come to Jesus and drink.