I’m currently listening to a teaching series called “Overflow: Spiritual Rhythms” (2012 Regent College Pastor’s Conference). I sometimes listen to one of these sessions on Monday, when I take Sabbath, as a way resting in God’s presence. In session 4, which I just heard, Pastor Darryl Johnson encourages us to drink deeply from the Well, to live in Jesus Christ, so that we live out of his fullness. In fact, he says this is the main job of pastors (and I would extend that to all followers of Christ). Our second job is to make sure the first job is done well. And the third job is to get rid of all barriers that keep us from going to the well and block the Living Water (John 4) from getting to us. This all sounds very good, doesn’t it, so then why are we so often spiritual thirsty (empty)? Johnson suggests it’s because we simply don’t drink enough, mostly, he suggests, due to busyness, but also because of unconfessed sin and unresolved relational tension, which are two common “blocks” that keep us from receiving the Living Water. He is haunted by Jeremiah 2:13, which reads: “My people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me–the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” (NLT) We too often look to other people and things to quench our spiritual thirst, instead of to the Living Water. So, what cracked cistern are you drinking from these days? Whatever it is, you’re invited to join me in drinking deeply of the Living Water–to slow down our lives, to leisurely take in what Johnson calls the “Gospel affirmations” the countless reminders that we are loved, forgiven, redeemed, etc.–all by the blood of Christ. “For in Christ,” says Paul, “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Colossians 2:9-10a NIV). Thanks be to God!