I have had a Keith Green song running around my head for at least a week now and I just have to write about it. It has been ministering to me, reminding me that no matter how far I may stray, Jesus is always waiting for my return. I feel like such a failure when I let my Jesus down, when I forsake Him for this world and this song reminds me of God’s faithfulness no matter what I do. I am thankful that when I grieve the Holy Spirit the Lord always draws me back to Him.
The song “I Don’t Wanna Fall Away From You” is a reminder that “every time I fall your love comes through.” Jesus never fails me even though I fail far too often. My favorite part of the song is:
When the light is gone
And good times are getting old
There’s no one left to count on
And all my friends are cold
When I thirst for love oh Lord
You’re a fountain to my soul
I love that Jesus is a fountain to my soul when I thirst for love. It reminds me of the conversation that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well.
- “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’” (John 4:13-14)
Everything in this world, although created for our pleasure by God, satisfies temporarily. My soul thirsts for more than the material; it was created by the hand of God for the ethereal. Why? Because I have an eternal soul that will live forever. Even the work I do on earth can be unsatisfying and unfulfilling if not for eternal purposes.
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest”? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.’” (John 4:34-36)
Although I am greatly involved in the fight for the very soul of our nation, the Lord has been showing me that if all I’m concentrating on is seeing our nation return to “its Christian roots” then I will be sorely disappointed.
But if I will concentrate on sharing the Lord Jesus Christ and His biblical principles with whomever I have opportunity, then not only will some come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, but also the revival so greatly needed in our country might actually happen.
People are thirsty for the truth; even those Christians who have gone astray don’t need condemnation; they need restoration. When I stray, Jesus doesn’t condemn me; He draws me back to restoration. And when I return to Him I find that my unquenchable thirst is satisfied in heavenly ways.
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)
Whether a person claims to be a Christian or not, whoever seeks the trappings of this world, whoever feeds of the materialism so prevalent not just in society in general, but also in our churches, that person will remain unsatisfied. A soul not fed and a thirst not quenched by the Lord Jesus Christ will be forever unsatisfied.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.’” (John 6:35-40)
There is so much that can distract me from serving Jesus and spreading His gospel. And the great danger is many of these distractions can be good things. I can contend for the faith and never share it. I can stand in the gap for Jesus and never leave it. I can teach about Christ and never share Him.
There are so many things that can pull me away and I have to make a commitment everyday to keep my focus on Christ or as Keith says:
Well every day I pray to start anew
Cause I don’t want to fall away from You
I don’t wanna fall away from you Jesus.
Help me Lord to keep focused on You and Your work.
Jesus, please do not allow the things of this world to distract me from sharing You with the so many lost people with whom You have surrounded me.
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