Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
220 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
October 6, 2013
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Some people fail to understand everything that salvation is. They think it is an experience of great joy that last a little while, maybe a day or two, and is followed by a life-time of struggling through this life on our own. Or at best we go through it with the help of the other church members and saved people.
To these people all the benefits of salvation are waiting for us in heaven. It is there that we will discover again the joy that we felt that first moment we got saved.
Fortunately for us Jesus did a lot better job than that when we saved us.
That joy we experienced when we first got saved he compares to a drink of water. Here in America today we do not think of water as very important. We have it in our homes. When many of us were young we even had it in our backyards as we drank from the water hose. If we are not at home we can buy it by the bottle.
Water was much more precious to the people in Israel in the days of Jesus. It could be very hard to come by. In fact, wars were sometimes fought over wells.
Of course we know today that the most important thing we can have is water so it is natural that Jesus would compare the gift of salvation to it. Without water there is no life.
This water is not, however, something we get a drink of at the time of salvation and then spend the rest of our lives in expectation of more when we reach heaven. It is a source of joy and inspiration within us that is the result of his spirit within us. If we are thirsty for that joy we only need to stop and take a drink. If the fountain seems clogged, find out what it is in your life that does not belong. Something is stealing the joy of your salvation. Get rid of it and drink deep.