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Thirsty Thursday!

May 28, 2009


The Thirst of the Empty Soul

Those who do not believe in God, still find themselves thirsting for something to fulfill them spiritually.  But because they are looking in the wrong directions, they continually find themselves empty.  When soul thirst goes unquenched day after day, year after year, the thirst becomes unrecognizable for what it is.  It becomes a need for something…anything…to take away the painful desire for something more.  The empty soul seeks desperately to be satisfied.  It seeks fulfillment through relationships, work, sex, money, entertainment, drugs, and even religion.  But it fails to actually seek God.

Romans 3:10-11 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.

We all know of the “bad” people who have empty souls.  The drug-users, the murders, the cheaters.  The people who seek fulfillment in ways that are very contrary to the ways of God.

But there are also many “good” people who have empty souls.  These people are looking for fulfillment, but they are not looking for truth.  They are philanthropists, often putting many Christians to shame as they go about doing good works to save starving children, dying trees, and endangered animals.  They are the ritualistic religious who see to fulfill the emptiness by following the rules of a religion, but failing to seek the true relational God.  They are the people who are hoping that their best will be enough to get them an “in” with God.  They are also the hardest to reach for Christ.

It is easy to convince the “bad” people that they need God.  But it is much harder to show the philanthropist, the ritualistic religious and the generally “good” people to see their need.  They no longer know that they are thirsting.  They no longer see the thirst for what it is.  They are too busy trying to be “good enough”, but knowing deep down that their “good enough” never is.

People suffering from a rare disease called Adipsia never know that they are thirsty even in the presence of body water depletion or salt excess.  Adipsia leads to considerable difficulty in the management of water balance.  The only treatment option for Adipsia is behavioral therapy to teach people to remember to drink.  Basically they must be taught to know when their body is thirsty.

People who are unable to see their spiritual thirst are very much like this.  They never know that they are thirsty even in the presence of intense spiritual depletion.  This “Spiritual Adipsia”, if you will, leads them to the inability to have any spiritual balance or satisfaction in their lives.  They must be taught to know that their soul is thirsty.  They must be shown what it takes to fill their empty souls.

Romans 10:14-15 says “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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