taste and never thirst

“When Jesus says, ‘I am the bread of life;… whoever believes in me shall never thirst’ (John 6:35), he is saying that ‘believing’ in him includes a taste for the living water of his all-satisfying glory, so that the believing heart will never thirst again. That is, faith, having tasted the all-satisfying sweetness of the living Christ, will never forsake him in preference for the broken cisterns of the world. There may be temporary strayings and backslidings. There may be great soul-conflict. But once the soul has truly tasted the water of life and the bread of heaven, it will never finally forsake the Lord.”

-John Piper (from “When I Don’t Desire God”)

Sometimes, it gets easy to be caught up in ministry. One thing comes up after another and before you know it, we start feeling burned out and the logistical side of ministry wears us down.

But that’s not what it’s about. Our fuel to live excellently comes from truly tasting and delighting in God! Psalm 37:4 is truly the key verse here.

We must truly desire and delight in God. We must have more joy in Him than in us! Our joy of joys must be rooted in God!

Without tasting and seeing and delighting in the joy of the Lord,
evangelism, ministry, and everything about the Christian walk
becomes self-centered, cold-hearted, and dead.

After all, there is perfect delight in God and the Gospel is the message about how God paved a way for us to delight in Him through Jesus Christ.

taste and never thirst.

+Michael K


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