“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Drinking the Living Water
Last year, I completed the 30 Day Word Before World Challenge. It changed my heart, which in turn changed my life. I got into the habit of seeking time with God first before I sought anything of this world. It wasn’t always perfect. Sometimes I overslept, or my boys would wake up before me. Life happens and our quiet time will not always be perfect. But when I seek time with God first, I am drinking the living water so that I may bear good fruit to my husband, children, and others around me.
What is the living water?
In John chapter 4, Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. If you don’t know this story, I encourage you to open your Bible and read it. It is one of my favorite stories of the Bible because I, being a sinner of this world, resonate with this woman.
Jesus asked the woman for a drink of water after a long journey. She, a Samaritan, did not know why He, a Jewish man, was asking her for a drink. Jewish people at that time did not deal in any way with Samaritan people. She did not know Jesus, but Jesus knew who she was and all she had done in her life. The woman had longed for something more in her life that five husbands and even another man could not give her. She was physically thirsty and in need of drinking water, but she didn’t realize just how parched her soul was also.
“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water’" (v. 10).
The woman replied by asking Jesus how he would get this “living water” when he had no bucket to draw water out of the well.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water’” (vs. 13–15).
Satisfaction in Christ
Here, sisters, is where I found myself with tears in my eyes! When I think that I have everything in this world I could possibly need, but I feel a longing for more, I drink the living water that was given to me by God our Father. The living water is Jesus Christ and He alone is able to give us the gift that quenches the thirst of our souls.
He is the one who gave me life. I am praising Him for His work in my heart and in my family. He reminds me that I am His daughter. I'm reminded that in Christ I am loved, valued, and so incredibly blessed. So when I seek the Kingdom of God and drink of the living water, my heart is prepared for the work He lays before me each and every day. He quenches my thirst and nourishes my soul. Christ alone makes me the wife, mother, and woman He has called me to be.
What did you do this morning?
When you woke up this morning, did you first seek His kingdom? Did you drink of the living water? If you answered no, how did you feel? How do you feel now? Slightly off, out of rhythm?
When I don’t first seek His kingdom I can begin to feel like a cold and bitter cup of coffee, sitting on the counter waiting to be poured out. The good news is that we serve a gracious and forgiving God. He doesn’t condemn us for skipping out on our time with Him. Instead, He offers us many new chances to meet with Him. He will always be there, waiting for us with open arms and words that give life to our very souls.
Now when I wake, I take time to pray and be with God. I praise God for giving me a new morning to wake up to. I praise him for the quiet and sweet moments my husband and I have together before we are blessed by our boys waking up. And I ask God to prepare my heart to love and serve my family unselfishly. For it is God who gave me all of these blessings and it is to Him I owe it all.
Your friend, Kal-le
Kal-le is a wife and mama living in beautiful West Virginia. She has a passion for worshipping Jesus, sharing God's truth with others, and writing about her own personal sin struggles. Kal-le serves her family full-time at home where she aims to glorify God in the everyday, not always glamorous, but oh-so-real moments of life. You can follow her on Instagram @mama__schrader.