Water is Life
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- Format: Folded Gospel Tract
- Paper: Gloss Text
- Size: 3.5" x 5.5"
- Pages: 4
- Versions: KJV, NKJV
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Imagine you are on a sinking ship in the middle of the ocean, and only have time to take one thing with you—would you take food or water? I hope you chose water, because the average person can survive for several weeks without food, but only a few days without fresh water. Water is essential for life; we drink it, wash in it, and use it to grow our food.
It is therefore most fitting that water should also be the symbol of man's greatest spiritual need. The Creator of physical water offers "living water" to needy, dried up, thirsty souls. Just like plants need water, the souls of every man and woman, boy and girl in this world desperately need Jesus Christ. Their lives may be filled with business, pleasure, sports, friends, hobbies, lusts, and folly, but without God there is spiritual drought, barrenness, and death.
Scientists say that we often mistake our body's thirst for water as a need for food, and thus eat rather than drink. Sadly, many people also mistake their soul's desire for God's "living water" as a need for more of what this world can offer, and end up in a hopeless pursuit to quench their spiritual thirst with things that can never satisfy. Absolutely nothing in this world, including religion with all of its ceremonies, ritualism, and empty forms, can quench the soul's thirst—it can be satisfied by God alone. It is a solemn fact that one who refuses God's offer of life and satisfaction will spend eternity in hell, "the fire that never shall be quenched," crying "dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame" (Mark 9:45; Luke 16:24).
Listen to what He offers you now: "I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely," and "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 21:6; 22:17). God is telling you this in the tenderness of infinite love. He desires you to realize your vital need and turn to Him to receive the "water of life" in order that you will not perish. The personal knowledge of God, as revealed in His eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is what you need.
As Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4, so He says to you, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (verse 14).
This water is free. It quenches our soul's thirst, it cleanses us from sin, it feeds us spiritually, it gives everlasting life! Thank God, it can never be infected, muddied nor polluted. The danger for you, however, is to put off receiving it before Christ comes again, or death overtakes you.
One who drinks from a spring of water must first notice his thirst, then stoop down and drink. Likewise, you must realize your need of forgiveness of your sins, come to Christ in repentance, and drink in faith the "living water" (John 4:10) which He freely offers you. Drinking is taking the offered salvation and making it yours by believing that Christ died for you and rose again, and trusting Him as your Saviour.
Stop trying to quench your soul's thirst with things that can never satisfy. Drink the "water of life" that Jesus offers to you. Then you will be as "a tree planted by the rivers of water" (Psalm 1:1), having eternal life and satisfaction, and bringing forth fruits of righteousness for the glory of God.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
The living water, thirsty soul,
Stoop down, and drink and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.
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