guy reaching for water

Every Sunday after the first service at Life Point Church Kevin and I drive to the Dolph Briscoe Unit in Dilley, Texas to teach a four-hour class on advancing the Kingdom of God to twenty-two inmates.  We usually grab some lunch and drinks along the way.  Once inside the gates of the prison and before we get to the classroom, we always stop at the restrooms.  On the inside of the door of the stall in the women’s restroom is a DRINK WAT3R poster that says “Refresh. Rehydrate. Replenish.”  I’ve been thinking about that poster for seven months and one day it occurred to me that there was a God lesson in it.

Refresh – How do we do this in relation to God?  First, we need to admit that we cannot enter God’s rest on our own. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we are told “For it is by grace you have been saved,Rest in the Shade through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  It is exhausting to try to work our way into Heaven.  We cannot do it, no matter how hard we try. Instead, we simply need to have faith that God already did the work for us when He sent His Son to be a living sacrifice. When we fail to do that, when we choose to rely on ourselves, we are being disobedient and we will not enter the rest of “eternal life.” When we refuse to trust God, we are just like the Israelites who complained after He brought them out of bondage in Numbers 20:5 Why did you bring us out of Egypt into this miserable place where nothing will grow? . . . There is not even any water to drink!”  They did not believe that He would provide for them, so God had Aaron strike a rock with his staff and out flowed living water.  He provided it then through a rock and he provides it now, through Jesus Christ. Proverbs 3:7-8 tells us “Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” Rest in the shade!

Rehydrate –In John 7:37 Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”  He says it again in Revelation 22:17 “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life”.  What did he mean by these statements?  One of the things that we all experience as human beings is spiritual thirst.  Sometimes we try to satisfy that thirst with something other than God and this leads us to sin.  When Jesus says to come to him and drink, he is extending an invitation for uBottle Waters to believe in Him, to quench that spiritual thirst with God.  Once we accept that invitation, we receive the Holy Spirit and we enter into a relationship with Him.  As we learn to trust Him, as we read His word and learn from Him, as we kneel at His feet in obedience to His commands God makes us a promise:  “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”John 4:13-14.  Drink plenty of water, even when
you are not thirsty

Replenish –  Replenish means to fill something up again.  We need God, just like we need that cold Look Out for One Anotherglass of water when we are thirsty.  We need to replenish ourselves by going to church, reading the Bible, and praying on a regular basis.  We also need to support, encourage, and pray for our fellow human beings. In John 13:34 Jesus gives us a new commandment to “love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”  This world is in deep trouble spiritually and we need to stay strong, we need to replenish regularly.  In Hebrews 10:24-25 it says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  Look out for one another!

One of OSHA’s posters about working in the heat sums all of this up nicely “Water. Rest.  Shade.  The work can’t get done without them.”   Take time to refresh, rehydrate and replenish so God’s work can get done.

Published by Catherine Hyland

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