The Elixir of Life
God covered about sevently percent of our earth with water. Since God created Adam from the dust of the earth, it is interesting that our bodies are also about seventy percent water. Water is a lubricant that allows our joints to move, helps digest food, carries oxygen and nutrients through-out our bodies and cools us down. When we turn on the tap we don't think about the life-giving liquid being detrimental to our health. We greedily gulp!
However, national news has exploded with reports of lead in water sometimes causing illnesses. Traveling over or through the ground, it may acquire radioactive material, viruses, bacteria, pesticides, herbicides or industrial waste, negatively affecting our bodies. But pure water improves our health.
Jesus, our Living Water, gives new life when we believe in Him. But God also wants our lives to be pure. He said, "Be ye holy, for I am holy". (1 Peter 1:16) As days go by, do our lives pick up contaminants along the way---an off-color story, or a bit of gossip---each begging to be shared? Are viruses and bacteria of sin infecting our body-temples---a teeny lie, or questionable internet or television viewing? We may abstain from overt sins, but what about those unseen---envy because a neighbor enjoyed an expensive vacation, ruffled feathers because a birthday was forgotten, a prideful or lustful thought? Satan's contaminants are subtle.
Just as impurities in water may cause cancer and other health problems, sinful contaminants cause spiritual cancers that eat away at our relationship with God. Prayers go unanswered. Christian love withers. Spending time in the Word becomes a chore. Sin makes us sick---spiritually, emotionally and physically (1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
Jesus died that our sins might be forgiven, but God's Word also tells us to keep ourselves pure (1 Timothy 5:22). Putting pure things into our eyes, ears and minds will flush out sinful desires and energize our spiritual lives. If your spiritual life seems sluggish, ask yourself, "What have I been drinking in?"
Lucinda J. Rollings