The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17
O blessed Holy Spirit, it’s Pentecost Sunday, and how appropriate that I would find myself meditating on the very last command… the last imperative… the last appeal in the whole of the Word of God. “Come! Come! Come and take the free gift of the water of life”, you say to each of us… you say to me. I am thirsty… I do wish… I do come, gratefully and expectantly.
On the day you first revealed Jesus in my inner man… from the moment I had my first taste of the water of life I became irrepressibly thirsty for more. For the bitter waters of my sin only bring more thirst. The deceiving waters of my broken cisterns satisfy only for a nanosecond. The illusionary waters of countless mirages are just that, illusions.
So once again, I bring my thirst to you. I am thirsty to know Jesus better and better. I am thirsty to be quicker in my repentances and slower in my excuses. I am thirsty to grow more of your fruit and less of my thorns. I am thirsty to be freer to love others as Jesus loves me. Slake these thirsts a little more by the waters of the gospel… the free gift of the water of life.
I am thirsty for the new heaven and new earth. I am thirsty for wedding feast of the Lamb, when Bride will no longer say, “Come!”, but “We are here, all of us!” I am thirsty for the Day when God’s glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. I am thirsty for the Day of no more thirst. Of this I am profoundly and humbly sure, you WILL satisfy all of these thirsts. So very Amen, I pray, in the fullness and faithfulness of Jesus’ name.