Are you Living STRONG?

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Did you know that you have an open invitation from the Creator of the Universe to come to Him for everything you have need of?  It is true, but sometimes we need a daily reminder.  Our lives get so busy and the hustle and bustle of the 21st century run us down so that we forget where our true sustenance comes from.

My reminder came this morning as I was pounding away on my treadmill.  The words at my feet scream, “LiveSTRONG”.  The catchy phrase that Lance Armstrong has made millions from, could also be an open call from God Himself to you and I to live STRONG.

God spoke this message in times past through another man, the prophet Isaiah.  In chapter 55, God calls out, “Ho!  Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.  Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”.  God is imploring His children to come to Him for all their satisfactions, come to Him for their daily provision.

The great culmination of this invitation comes when God invites us again through the life of Jesus.  On the great day of the feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stands in front of the people and calls out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink deeply”.

Close your eyes with me for a moment and can you just imagine this scene?  Jesus is in the temple and He is raising His voice above all the others.  Wanting to gather everyone’s attention, He calls out this powerful invitation.    As Jesus must have looked out over the sea of faces, His heart must have tugged deeply for the hurting and brokenness of mankind.  He knew that the only satisfactions that their heart craved could only come from Him.  He was the expression and fulfillment of all of the Father’s heart.

As I daily meet people who are hurting and confused, I hear the Father say “LiveSTRONG”.  As I sit across my kitchen table and hear a 40 year old man tell me of his tragic and devastating childhood, his life now falling apart, I hear the Father say, “Come to Me”.  As I see people running around buying and spending money on things that will never satisfy, I hear the Father say, “Come to Me, I am free!  I have everything you need”.

God is all we need to get by in this world my friends.  Today, if you feel the sadness and frustration of  realizing that perhaps you have substituted other things for the living water that Jesus offers, simply reach out your hand to Him and He will come!  Allow His deep love to crash over you and rush into your being.  The result will be a beautiful filling up and then you can go and pour it out over everyone else that is thirsty!

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.  Matthew 11:28