I love Coca-Cola. I could probably go through a two-liter of Coke quicker than a thirsty camel, but today, every drink I took was Coca-Cola. When I got ready for bed, I thought about the Coke, but what I really craved was just plain water. Pure, cold, clear water.
Our bodies can only go so long drinking things, that while being a satisfying liquid – it can only satisfy us temporarily. We get bored with water. We flavor it. We add it two tea, season it with coffee, and destroy it with sugar. But in the end, water is the only thing that can truly satisfy the liquid need our bodies have.
Why is it, that when Jesus offers us the pure, unimaginable life-changing (and life-altering) relationship that can only be sustained through time spent with Him, do we choose to accept the weak, impure, un-fulfilling and un-satisfying “relationship” that leaves us wanting more, and craving the real thing? How many times do we do “religion” while all the while leaving behind Him who is to be the head, center, and focus of who and what we are? How many times to we claim to know God, but deny His power and His reality by our disclaimers and justifying of the sin that we keep in our hearts and bodies?
The Bible puts it quite simply: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The deciever will always try to trick you into thinking that you need to do more or add to what this verse simply says. John 10v10 states, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” How often do we allow Satan (or our own selves) to steal, kill, and destroy our relationship with Christ? Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God! He promises that He has come so that we can have life, and not just a ho-hum day-by-day existence, but a world-altering walk that is constantly connected to Him
Like drinking in that cool, clear water – once you have “tasted and seen that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2v3), then do as Paul says: Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. (1 Peter 2v2). And elsewhere, “Therefore since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – fixing our eyes on Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endued the cross. (Hebrews 12v1-2)