“Mom, I’m thirsty!”
“I’m Friday, let’s go over Saturday’s and have a Sunday”. I had to respond with that famous quote because it just so happens that COOL-AID Sundays are on the menu in the Church today.
This past weekend the city we live in issued a state of emergency not to use our tap water because the water source had been contaminated with blue-green algae, and it could make you sick.
When I first got the alert I was out of town. We had heard that everyone in the city cleared the shelves of any water so we made sure we stocked up on our water supply on the way home. While away, we got news that our city was in an uproar over water, and people were desperately searching for sources themselves.
After hearing about the community chaos, I thought about our Israelite neighbors from Exodus 17:1-6, they seemed to have the same problem as we did:
“The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
5 The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. STRIKE THE ROCK, and WATER will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. (emphasis added)
I got to thinking this lack of water may be revealing a greater need in our town.
I believe that what is taking place in the natural realm of seeing, tasting and touching is a reflection of what is in the spiritual realm, the life we live by faith. So this water crisis that was happening in Toledo, Ohio could be a picture of the greater need of thirst. People are thirsty for God, and when they are not being filled, they desperately search for a source to quench their thirst. People are thirsty for the living water but they don’t know where the well is to get it.
Jesus answered the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4, “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.”
We need to lead the thirsty to this living water, Who, by the way, is also called the Rock. He was the Rock that was struck for our iniquity, and out of Him will come water that will never run dry.
The problem is, we are giving people COOL-AID to drink instead of the LIVING WATER. Here is my Acronym for COOL – AID:
C – Churches (in general, no specific denomination)
L -Living Water
A – Aid
I – In
D – Deeds
Churches that are running dry themselves ( the dehydrated Body of Christ) are giving aid and doing COOL works. Then what happens is just like Kool-aid (filled with sugar) they become even more thirsty, because Kool-aid doesn’t quench your thirst. Neither does COOL-AID (sugar coated gospel) in the Church.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you shouldn’t do for your neighbor what you should do because that is what Jesus would want. I am saying that if you yourself are not full of this living Water, then you will only be giving a temporary fix to those in need. You will only be giving them a sugar coated gospel that is just COOL. Those COOL-AID Sundays can make you sick to your stomach. I am done with the COOL experience. I am over the COOL display of Church.
GIVE ME JESUS. Nothing else will satisfy.