Growing up, I would drink milk, Kool-Aid, Tang, or that powdered iced tea. Now, I mostly just drink water, and a lot of it! But I still get dehydrated. When I realize I’m thirsty, and I take a sip of water, I often find that I was thirstier than I thought! I didn’t realize just how thirsty I was until I started drinking water. I didn’t realize how dry I was until I started becoming hydrated again.
It’s similar with Jesus. When I first came to Christ twenty years ago, I felt something wash over me and fill me. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the Holy Spirit. The difference between becoming physically dehydrated and becoming spiritually thirsty in our faith in Christ is this: when we’re dehydrated we need to take in more water, but, as Christians, when we feel stagnant or dry in faith, we are to let the "water" of the Holy Spirit well up from within us! Jesus says, "those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life" (John 4:14, NRSV).
I don’t mean to say that we can force ourselves to not feel dry. What I mean is that, if you are in Christ, then there is no separation, no distance, no alienation between you and the Lord of the universe (see Colossians 2:9-10)! Now, if you’ve never "tasted" the Holy Spirit, ask our Heavenly Father to pour out that good gift; He’ll deliver (see Luke 11:9-13). If you already trust in Jesus as your Lord, then the God of universe dwells within you! Drink in that truth—let it seep in deeply—and then let the Holy Spirit well up within you bringing newness, and blessing those around you. Amen!