The Epistle of Jeremiah the Prophet to the Modern Church – Thirst

His title is The Most Interesting Man in the World (If you don’t know him click for videos) He is best known for his catchphrase, “Stay thirsty my friends.”  He peddles beer, he doesn’t always drink beer but when he does, he has his brand.  I don’t always drink beer. As a matter of fact I don’t drink much beer at all. I really don’t like beer although a few times a year on a hot day I have been known to have one and actually enjoy it. I know as a good Christian I should be a teetotaler, but I’m not a Christian at least not in the way we use it in North American, I am a Christ follower. I follow the guy who turned water into wine. By the way, I do like wine with a meal every now and then. Wait, how did I end up talking about alcohol?  Oh yeah, I was talking about The Most Interesting Man in the World and his catchphrase, “Stay thirsty my friends.” I usually find advertising to be misleading but I must admit the product and the catch phrase are 100% on the mark…

Alcohol is liquid in your mouth but it does not address thirst.

I have already said I drink the odd glass of beer and wine which may have made some people stop reading, now I’m going to see how far I can push it with those who remain. Alcohol is a diuretic – it makes you pee. That’s right I said pee! That means if you want to stay thirsty, drink beer or any other alcoholic beverage (Dave Peever does not condone the excessive use of any alcoholic product even to stay thirsty).

The people who followed God in the Jeremiah’s time had the same problem.

They had a thirst and they had a supply of what would truly quench this thirst but instead they created their own way of meeting their needs. Jeremiah was directed to proclaim these words to Israel, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water…” Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV). The unending supply of living water was being replaced by a supply that could not be sustained nor could it truly take away their thirst. God was being replaced by mankind’s best attempts to create something like Him.

They did it and we do it too.

Jesus said: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV). We are all thirsty. Whether we are talking about our physical or spiritual lives, we thirst. It’s not just alcohol that is wrongly used to quench physical thirst. Many will drink large amounts of soft drinks and sugary juices to try to get rid of their thirst. Most people reading this have running water readily available at little or no cost and yet when we thirst we address our thirst with liquids that leave us even thirstier. The same can be said for our spiritual lives. We hunger and thirst after righteousness but we fill the need with anything but righteousness. Many churches have become The Most Interesting Man in the World offering what appears to address our thirst but in the end does not lead to righteousness and therefore does not fill us.

Stay thirsty my friends.

The Most Interesting Man in the World who was not of this world said to the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” If we hunger and thirst after righteousness we will be filled and never thirst again” John 4:13-14 (NIV). If we fill that thirst with water from the cisterns of our own making, even if we sprinkle a little living water in once in a while, we will be left thirsty.

The modern church may have the flavor of a quality beer or fine wine but are the teachings truly quenching the real thirst of every Christ follower, the thirst for righteousness?

6 comments

  1. Well written and explained! Oh that we might thirst more for the living waters. Perhaps the reason that our young men and ladies are leaving the church in mass is because the contemporary church fails to lead them to the pure waters of life. What can be done? It would be arrogant and misguided to think that if I created a “church” that it would be any different. My prayer is that God would bring about a great revival and call people back to Him! Perhaps smaller faith communities will take the place of the current businesses that pose as churches. People need a relationship not an institution!

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