I was reading an article by a pastor’s wife the other night. She was talking about a very real danger for those in ministry or Christians who have been involved in Christian activities for a long time. She wrote about falling into the trap of ‘faking’ your Christianity where your calendar is filled with ‘Christian’ activites but inside you feel empty and lifeless. Below is a quote in which she describes this pitfall:
‘After a while you hardly even admit to yourself that you are faking your interest in the other person, you are faking your enthusiasm for Christ and his Gospel, you are faking your entire Christian life, because you don’t even remember what it was like to have a close relationship to God. You have become hollow. You may still look and sound good on the outside, but inside the reality of God’s presence is gone.’
As I was pondering this article, I thought about the passage that Steve Bradley shared on Sunday about the woman at the well. I love how Jesus describes the living water that He offers us. Standing by a well, He contrasts the water in the well with the Living water that He gives us. He says in John 4, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”
We are to be springs of life walking around in our cities, neighborhoods, jobs and families. Only Jesus can give us this water. Christian activity without the water of life flowing out of us is ultimately a lot of hustle and bustle with little spiritual fruit. You and I desperately need a heart-to-heart encounter with Jesus today. Just like Jesus went straight to the matters of the heart with the woman at the well we need to have that same conversation with Jesus. We need to slow down, get honest, repent, and then drink a big ol’ sip of His Living water today.