I'm struck by all the professing Christians I see around me every day who are not living the abundant life that Christ so freely offers. Who are instead living Thoreau’s “lives of quiet desperation.” Peace and joy are the gifts Christ bought for us on the cross. He himself tells us, “But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”
The key phrase here is, “whoever drinks from the water.” It is not enough to hear what others say about the water. We must drink from the well ourselves. We drink from Christ’s water by reading his Word, by spending time with him in prayer, by obedience to his voice. We must invest time in our relationship if it is to develop into the joyful, abundant, productive life Christ promised.
I'm afraid that for many professing Christians their spiritual development is like the ‘Terms of Usage’ agreements that pop up when we install a new computer program. We quickly checked the ‘I Agree’ box without ever reading the agreement. We are so anxious to get on with the program that we don't take time to actually read the agreement. We are so anxious to get on with our lives that we don't take time to read the Bible that we profess to agree with. We are so busy discussing, arguing and fighting about this Bible that we do not have time to drink deeply of the love, peace and joy that is found in it.