Lenten Devotion — Tuesday of Lent 3

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.47.44 AMOn the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.” –John 7:37-52

There is surely a great spiritual thirst in the world today. The seeking after all forms of religion and religious experience is evidence of that. Sad, however, that so many are looking to have their spiritual thirst satisfied, running here and there, trying this and that, only to find the thirst continues, and perhaps worsens.

Are you spiritually thirsty? Do you find your life dry and without purpose? Are you, at times, spiritually dehydrated and running on empty? It always strikes me as odd that it can be at those times when we are most spiritually hungry and thirsty, that we distance ourselves from the fount of life and the cup of salvation. We may know that our only source of life and salvation is to be found in Jesus Christ, but when empty, we don’t come to Him to be filled. And then, our hunger and thirst intensifies, and we can become unbalanced, at best, and diseased, at worst.

Granted, no one can make you come to Jesus and drink. As the old saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Even if we had a team of “drivers” who stopped by houses to “drive” the thirsty to church, the reality is one must themselves come to Jesus and drink. This is why Jesus issues the call, “If any one thirsts, let him or her come to me and drink”!

Each and every Sunday morning, as you awake, hear that call of Jesus. “Do you thirst? Come to me and drink.” “Are you spiritually hungry? Come to me and eat.” “Are you struggling in life? Come to my Word and Holy Supper, and receive spiritual nourishment.” This is Jesus’ call to us and His promise to provide for us Living Water—His own life, for us and for our salvation!

Almighty God, help us to hear Jesus calling each week, “Sinner, come home—sinner, come receive my Body and Blood, broken and poured out for you that you may have life, and have it abundantly,” through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Taken from Wendel, David, From Ashes to Easter, Ashes Lenten Devotional Booklet, North American Lutheran Church.

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