How many of us think about the amount of water we use each day? If you’re like me, your morning routine alone uses gallons and gallons of pure, fresh water pumped into your home through shiny faucets. One habit of mine in particular, letting the water run while I brush my teeth, drives my husband crazy. He can’t stand the thought of me wasting water while millions across the globe are sick and dying over a lack of clean water. Although we tease each other about it, the truth is that he is right.
I know that the extra half gallon I may use while brushing my teeth will not directly impact those people throughout the world desperate for water. However, choosing to being grateful and appreciate the easily accessible clean water, rather than using as much as I want, is a good habit to have.
Did you know that?
- 780 million people lack access to clean water (that is roughly 2 ½ times the U.S. population)
- More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.
- Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
- The average American family uses over 200 gallons of water a day. The average African family uses 5 gallons a day.
- Citied from: water.org
The truth is that we are spoiled rotten here in America. For the majority of us, we have no clue what is like to live without instant access to clean water. We are so used to this blessing that we don’t even appreciate or think about it each day. And many times we can even find ourselves disappointed to find no soda, juice or milk in the fridge, but only “plain old water.”
Yet, there is no substance on earth so essential to human life as water. While one can last a little more than a month without food, a person will only survive about one week without water.
It’s no surprise that the Bible refers to Jesus as the living water (John 4:10-13).
There is no person in heaven or on earth who is more essential to eternal life than Jesus.
But, just like our easy access to physical water, many of us have grown up with easy access to Jesus. We’ve learned about him since we were very young and have the freedom to dive into his life-giving Word every single day. We've been given the amazing, incredible, life-giving Savior that the majority of the world is desperate for, and we've grown so used to him that we very easily take for granted the incredible salvation we've been given!
It's all to easy for us to become like the Israelites during the time of Jeremiah:
"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." - Jeremiah 2:13
The Israelites had the spring of living water. Yet instead of drinking from it, they turned away to dig their own cistern; cisterns that didn't even work! But don't we do the same thing? We know that we will only find our true comfort and fulfillment in Jesus and we have such easy access to him here in America. Yet we, just like the Israelites, so quickly forget the source of our life and pleasure try to create our own solutions to our spiritual thirst. We live for things like relationships, careers, shopping, eating or our status. We turn away from our very source of life, the Word of God, and run to solutions of our own making.
Do you find yourself so used to the blessing of having Jesus in your life that you've become nonchalant about him? Do you find yourself discontented when you've exhausted all your options and have to rely on God and his Word rather than your own plan? Do you get so caught up in your daily routine that you don't realize the huge impact that Jesus is having on your life?
We need to stay close to this stream of living water. We need to drink deeply and often from the Word of God. Separated from it, we will only last a short time in this dry and broken world.
You see, Jesus not only calls himself the source of living water, but look what he says in John 7:37-38: “Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Not only will Jesus continually quench us of our spiritual thirst, but we, as his followers will have rivers of living water flow from within us! How incredible is that? We have the privilege, through Christ, to be living water to the world that is crying out for life, eternal life.
I don’t think any of us would stand next to a child in desperate need of clean water and not offer them a drink, especially if we were holding a pitcher of clean, pure water. But when we spend our lives enjoying the blessing of our salvation and yet hold back from sharing the message of the gospel with our dying world, we are in many ways doing just that!
The truth is that we’ve been given so much more than we deserve, so much more than we can ever appreciate. Let's take a step back and appreciate the blessing of clean water. But more importantly, let's run to the stream of God's word today and drink deeply from it. Then, let’s step outside in thankfulness and look for opportunities to share the life-giving water of Jesus with those we come into contact with today!