Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

God’s Loving Desire

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Throughout the New Testament, we see God’s universal call to salvation repeated a number of times:

‘[God] wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth’ (1 Timothy 2:4)
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (John 3:16)
‘For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day’. (John 6:40)
‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’. (2 Peter 3:9).

But why does God want mankind saved? Here are few reasons:

1. He loves us

‘…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions…’ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

God’s divine love towards isn’t based on any worthiness in us; rather, He loves us because love is His nature. As 1 John 4:16 says, ‘And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him’.

2. We become “trophies” of the Lord’s grace

‘…it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus’. (Ephesians 2:5-7).

Believers were once rebellious beings, whom God transformed into obedient sons—that’s a change He wants to celebrate for eternity.

3. Our good works glorify the Lord

‘For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’. (Ephesians 2:10).
‘In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven’. (Matthew 5:16).

Everything we do in His name increases other people’s awareness of Him.

Salvation is possible only through Christ, who reconciles sinful people to a holy God. Isaiah 53:6 teaches that every one of us is a sinner, and Romans 6:23 adds, “The wages of sin is death.”

Without a divine solution, we’d be indebted and hopeless.

Thankfully, the Saviour’s death on the cross paid the penalty for all humanity, so anyone who wants a relationship with the Father can have one.

But each one of us must make a personal decision about answering Him.

Believing Jesus died for our sins and submitting to the Lord’s will are all that’s necessary for us to enter into eternal fellowship with Him.

God loves us and wants to be with us forever. The only thing that can separate us from Him is a decision to reject His invitation.

‘…I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation’. (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Have you answered His call?

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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