?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Desk

Come thirsty

A beautiful New Year's Eve call from Spurgeon:
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.”

—John 7:37

Proclamation is made most freely, that every thirsty one is welcome. No other distinction is made but that of thirst. Whether it be the thirst of avarice, ambition, pleasure, knowledge, or rest, he who suffers from it is invited. The thirst may be bad in itself, and be no sign of grace, but rather a mark of inordinate sin longing to be gratified with deeper draughts of lust; but it is not goodness in the creature which brings him the invitation, the Lord Jesus sends it freely, and without respect of persons. . . .

No waiting or preparation is so much as hinted at. Drinking represents a reception for which no fitness is required. A fool, a thief, a harlot can drink; and so sinfulness of character is no bar to the invitation to believe in Jesus. We want no golden cup, no bejewelled chalice, in which to convey the water to the thirsty; the mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down and quaff the flowing flood. Blistered, leprous, filthy lips may touch the stream of divine love; they cannot pollute it, but shall themselves be purified. Jesus is the fount of hope. Dear reader, hear the dear Redeemer’s loving voice as he cries to each of us,

“IF ANY MAN THIRST,
LET HIM
COME UNTO ME
AND DRINK.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (31 December, Morning)

Comments

Wonderful words (Given even greater import by the John Ottman music which happened to be playing behind as I read!). A surge of spiritual excitement for the riches of our inheritance and all the possibilities it provides.
The thirst may be bad in itself, and be no sign of grace, but rather a mark of inordinate sin longing to be gratified with deeper draughts of lust

I think, though, that those who truly want to drink more deeply of lust will not wish to drink Our Lord's living waters.

There are those who taste of His fount, and though sinners, realize this is what they have thirsted for all along; but there are others who, tasting, spit it out and return gladly to their broken cisterns.