Loud and Passionate

John 7:37

When we view the invitation to come to Jesus through the lens of the Greek text, it is passionately expressive:

If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. — John 7:37

The wording of the original text indicates this is a rather loud and deeply emotional outburst. Jesus was not speaking softly here. What amazes me is that we should even need this urging and that He should have to give it! Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t the tables be turned here?

Shouldn’t you and I be the ones pleading with Him to allow us to come? And yet it is Jesus who passionately pleads for us to come to Him!

I wonder who the thirsty ones are across the world right now. Some of us have tried so desperately to quench the thirst within our souls with the things this world offers — the new car, that certain someone, or any of a thousand other things. Yet it seems the more we have, the thirstier we become. Could it be that Jesus is opening your eyes to the reality that the something you think you need is really Someone?

Code Word: LOUD

Today, when you hear a loud voice or loud music, let it remind you that Jesus is standing before you, speaking with the most authoritative voice you have ever heard, looking at you with the most penetrating eyes you have ever seen, and pleading with you to come to Him.

Passion Proclamation

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. — Revelation 22:17

Lord, forgive me for thinking the things this world offers could ever truly satisfy. The something I have been searching for is really Someone… You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Excerpted with permission from The Passion Code by O. S. Hawkins, copyright Dr. O. S. Hawkins.

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Your Turn

Are you thirsty? What calls for your attention? What awakens your thirst? Let’s turn our eyes to Jesus today instead and let Him fill us and soothe our thirst. Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

Dr. O.S. Hawkins

For more than 20 years, O. S. Hawkins served pastorates at the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in Dallas, Texas. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff, missionaries, doctors, and other workers of various Christian organizations with their retirement needs. He is the author of more than 25 books and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation.

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