How Thirsty Are You?

For those who deeply desire an intimate relationship with Christ, looking at their local church can be discouraging.  How many people are satisfied with just coming to a Sunday morning service, going through a couple superficial greetings and leaving, having done their “spiritual” thing for the week? Far too many, I fear. On the other hand, there is a smaller group that attends classes, Bible studies, seminars and whatever else is offered to deepen their faith, plus home groups to penetrate the superficiality and actually connect and share needs with a small group of fellow believers.

I wonder why these two groups are the way they are? Isn’t it really a matter of thirst? That’s why I made the first chapter of Face to Face: Meeting God in the Quiet Places to deal with that foundational topic. Thirsty Christians will pursue classes, Bible studies, home groups and the like because they crave the refreshment offered. But if you’re not thirsty, who cares?

Being an “unthirsty” Christian comes from two sources:  (1) lack of suffering, and (2) having your thirst quenched by something other than God. The “salt” of suffering creates thirst, so if you have the “blessing” or perhaps the curse of prosperity, it’s easy to be satisfied with so little in the way of spiritual input. But if you’re pursuing the “broken cisterns” Jeremiah speaks of for satisfying your thirst (materialism, money, power, fame, sex or whatever) an hour on Sunday morning will be all you want.

Personal Retreats work the same way. Most Christians aren’t thirsty enough to go away for a day or two or three to just be alone with God and hear his voice. So if you lack the motivation to enjoy the benefits of a Personal Retreat, ask yourself why you aren’t thirsty.

— Monte Kline