Just had a rich time reading through the book of John out loud with Nick, Krista, Ann and Payne. It's powerful hearing it like that. So many nuances nudge and pull on my soul during it. It takes about three hours including snack and coffee breaks, yet the time really flies by.
What impacts me the most is how passionate Jesus is for each and every one of us. He desires to be living water, living bread, a living vine so that we may have life. The problem is so often I'm not aware of my thirst and my hunger on those levels.
Even so, Christ lives in me. I have a Road ID bracelet that has pertinent data about who I am. I wear it when I'm out riding my bicycle through the pastureland of Missouri's two lane roads. It's possible I could end up in a ditch. My ID has some basic info like my name and city and my wife's name and # and my son's name and #.
At the bottom is a reminder of who made me and who satiates my thirst and hunger. It says, "On my worst day I am Christ inside Ben Wilson." It feels arrogant to even type that. But it isn't about me. I didn't do anything but surrender and receive. So even when I forget Christ is in me, forget my hunger and thirst, he is there abundant and overflowing from within. And then I realize, I'm parched. I've forgotten the fountains inside.
Jesus answered, "If you knew the generosity of God and who I am you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water."
"Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst--not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life."
~John 4:10 and 14