Better Than I Deserve
7/11/13 at 02:22 PM 0 Comments

Refreshing the Weary

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Jack Wellman, 2013

I was out doing door-to-door witnessing one day last year and frequently those who professed to be Christian had no time for me. Strangely enough, one man who flatly said that he was not a Christian asked me into his home to rest and gave me a cold bottle of water. How refreshing that was to drink a cold bottle of water because it was nearly 100 degrees that day. The many who claimed to be Christians were less hospitable than this man who said he was not a believer, but he was more kind to me than those who said that they were. I know many profess faith in God but how many truly possess faith in Him? That is, how many actually have living fruit showing their conversion. I thought of Jesus’ words when He said, “whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” (Matt 10:42). Here was a self-proclaimed unbeliever, yet he gave me a cold drink of water. I pray for that man and I still think of him from time to time. I witnessed to him about the unconditional grace of God given by Jesus’ atoning work on Calvary. I may never know if he comes to saving faith or not but I wonder if he won’t at least be rewarded for his kindness to me when most would not even give me the time of day.

The woman at the well with whom Jesus spoke with came for water and she came in the heat of the day because she was a spurned woman…a woman of ill repute, yet she left with the water of life, refreshed for all eternity. Jesus is that living water that quenches for all time. Jesus told this woman that “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14). In fact, “he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9). We all grow weary from time to time but “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 30:29).

When the Kingdom of Heaven arrives, we “will be like a well-watered garden, and…will sorrow no more” (Jer 31:12c) and for those of you who grow faint, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt 5:6). Today, God still says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” (Isaiah 55:1). That offer is still open. I pray that the man who didn’t believe who took the trouble to give me something cold to drink may not lose his reward…that he might also drink of the spring of water that never runs dry.

For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jer 31:25).


Jack Wellman is a pastor and Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.

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