John 4:15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
There is an old song that says this, “Fill my cup, Lord. I lift it up, Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me ‘till I want no more, Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!!”
Discipleship has to be simple, in that it is meant to be transferable. Fortunately, God’s truth is transferable because it can be summarized and simplified. For instance, the workings of the life of God – producing the righteousness of Christ within us, is by the Holy Spirit. Yes, the same Holy Spirit that indwells us to produce righteousness, is the same Holy Spirit that baptizes us and anoints us for service. So, simply understanding both the great need for us to receive, as well as learning how much God wants us to receive, as well as learning how to receive becomes the key to everything – both to holy living and to powerful service. Discipleship becomes simplified to a course on drinking – why we need to drink, how much God wants us to drink, how to drink, what to drink and how to avoid drinking the wrong thing. We don’t even need to learn how to communicate or transmit the blessings of God to others, since the key to overflowing is simply to be full and yet still receiving.
Jesus summarized the entire law and the prophets as love the Lord your God with love your neighbor (Luke 10:26-28) He conflated life with light [righteousness] (John 1:4). What this means is that we don’t have to drink one thing for life and something else for righteousness. One drink delivers both life and righteousness. Simple.
The great thing about simplifying discipleship (something which Jesus did with great mastery) is that it becomes easy to pass on, and multiplication becomes a realistic goal.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to drink.