Water is absolutely essential to our survival. We can do without food longer than we can do without water. Sixty percent of our body is water. Water provides the essential nutrients of minerals, glucose and vitamins to our body cells. Water removes waste products including toxins that the organs’ cells reject and aids the biochemical break-down of what we eat.  Water also plays a vital part in maintaining a healthy body temperature. Water lubricates our joints and acts as a shock absorber for our eyes, brain and spinal cord. Water is central to our life.

A leading cardiologist tells us that drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body.

For instance:

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure (who knew???)

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Just as water sustains our physical bodies it is also essential to our spiritual lives. The Bible is rich in images of water as new life, cleansing and fulfillment. In the conversation with the Samaritan woman (John 4:13-14)) at the well, Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water (water from the well) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

On another occasion in the temple surrounded by a host of worshippers, Jesus cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”

Just as we need physical water, we also need spiritual water. Jesus is that living water. Jesus told Nicodemus that “no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Jesus was saying that in order to enter the Kingdom of God we must have two births – a physical birth and a spiritual birth. He called the spiritual birth being “born again”.   In order to go to heaven, we must be born again. We must have that transforming spiritual experience of acknowledging our sins, confessing our sins and receiving Jesus, by faith, into our lives. Without that LIVING WATER we die spiritually and we cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Spiritual water (Jesus Christ) is just as essential as physical water. Don’t live without Him! Who said that life was not serious?

In His Love, Charles

Thought of the Week for: June 21