Drink from the source

Friday, April 27, 2018

by Lorel Box

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I remember when bottled water first came on the market. I thought people were crazy, buying water! Now, of course, we all do.

It is shocking what some people have to go through to have clean drinking water. I read a story recently of a woman in Kenya that walked nine miles a day to get clean drinking water for her family until a church came in and put in a well. She was so thrilled at the opportunities that would now be hers, to garden, or get an education, or help provide for her family in other ways. This journey had been a way of life through the days, and years, and generations of this people. But, now safe, clean water could be had in their own village.

For us, we merely have to turn on the tap and we have all the water we need. We are encouraged to drink eight glasses of water a day, every day. Water is indeed one of our most basic needs.

Of this, Jesus taught “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”(John 4:14)

He was letting us know that the gospel permanently quenches our most basic needs. Some will ignore this message and pay no attention to the blessings the gospel can bring into their lives. Others will listen and go on. But some, some really have a desire to fully drink of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the well-loved and famous scripture Matthew 11:29 Jesus invites us “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Many will focus on the yoke. As we take the yoke of Christ and use it, we are able to easily share our burden with the Lord, and he helps carry the load. However, there is another invitation in there, to “learn of me.” He knows that by learning of him we can find that rest that we long for.

We cannot listen to the message just once and walk on if we want to gain the blessings of the gospel. We must drink deeply of the gospel truths; they must become a part of us.

Please remember that the Sabbath is a blessing from God, our father. It is a time that we need to spend immersed in the gospel. The truly awesome blessings of the gospel can be magnified in our lives as we attend church and learn of our Savior.

We also need to remember the adage “Drink from the Source.” Remember to actually read the Bible. There are also many wonderful videos to enhance your understanding at Biblevideos.org.

Please accept the invitation of our savior and learn of him that you may find rest from your burdens.