Everyone is thirsty for something; thirsty to get married, to have a career or specific job position, to have the latest gadgets, etc. What are you thirsty for? Many are those who say they want the Holy Spirit with all their might, but their actions indicate otherwise.
Whilst in the church, it’s very easy to say that we want God. However, when we are outside, that’s when we show who we really are and what we are truly thirsty for.
Think and ask yourself: How do I behave when I’m with my friends? How do I behave in my workplace? How do I react when I’m tempted? Our thirst for God is shown through our daily actions.
Indeed, these actions show how determined we are to please God. That means, even when family members try to influence us to deviate from the presence of God, we stand our ground. When someone offends us and we have the option to hold a grudge, but we choose to sacrifice and forgive; when we are ready to cut off that relationship that weakens our faith, no matter how painful it is. Put simply, when we are ready to RENOUNCE our will.
Renounce is a word that can make a huge difference in our lives. It means to formally declare one’s abandonment of (a claim, right or possession). That means, in order to receive the Holy Spirit and experience God’s glory, we have to renounce our old lives, ideas, aspirations and surrender ourselves fully to Him. Why? Because just as our body cannot survive without water, our soul cannot survive without the Holy Spirit. Nothing in this world can replace the Holy Spirit or quench the thirst that comes from deep within.
“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”” (John 4:13 – 14).
It is impossible to thirst again once we’ve renounced our desires to do the will of God. If we choose to keep drinking from the “wells” of this world, that is, if we don’t abandon our sinful habits, worldly mindset, lies, illicit pleasures and the like, we will be left feeling empty. These things may even satisfy us for a temporary moment, but that lasting fulfilment will always remain elusive. For this reason, we have to assume our faith and be ready to show our renunciation publicly.
Will we be criticised, ridiculed and hated for our choices? Yes! But when we are living a life of sacrifice, just like Abraham, we have the absolute assurance that God is with us. In fact, nothing else matters, as our desire to please Him, and to receive the Holy Spirit, to become the fountain itself, becomes our priority. The life that God is offering is available to each one of us, but the question is: Are you ready to renounce your will?