As human beings we have certain basic needs. Food, clothing, shelter, sleep, water… clean air to breathe.
Of all these things it is oxygen, air to breathe, that we need the most.
I’ve heard it said you can go about three days without water, weeks without food. This link from Business Insider states that you can go about 100 hours without water in normal heat, a bit more in cooler weather, and a bit less in warmer weather.
Without oxygen one can go about four – six minutes.
These may seem like very obvious things, and they are, but how often do you give thought to your spiritual “basic needs”.
Matthew 4:4 HCSB
But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
John 4: 10-14 NKJV
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 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.”
My spiritual oxygen is Jesus and everything that brings me closer to Him. His word, talking to Him (prayer), fellowship with other believers, coming together to praise and worship Him and hear from the Bible.
2 Corinthians 8:3-5 (NKJV)
For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
Truly, it is Monday afternoon, and I feel so refreshed after a Sunday spent in the presence of the Lord. We are very blessed to be a part of a Church body in our city that loves the Lord, and wants revival. Our family wants revival. I feel as though I have inhaled fresh oxygen after breathing in the nasty air of the depths of a coal mine.
These are the things that were going through my mind as I settled my little ones for their naps. I truly don’t know what parents… and human beings (I think that just about covers any one that could be reading this?), do without a true relationship with Jesus Christ.
And now that I have this out, I will attempt a nap as my lovely and beautiful children have not been giving me a lot of this of late… but I will give you this this scripture (I say this with a bit of laughter and mostly desperate longing at my pillow that I seem to not know very well lately).. He gives sleep to the one He loves. Thank you Jesus! Yes please!
Psalm 127:2 HCSB
In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have enough food— yes, He gives sleep to the one He loves.
To the tired mamma, to the uncertain brother, to the weary daughter, to the struggling husband, to the broken hearted one, to whoever you are. Run to Him. There is refreshing and rest waiting for you that can only be found in Jesus. If you doubt me, just try Him. Ask Him to begin to speak to you. Believer or unbeliever, refresh yourself today in His word, in His truth, in His love, His joy and His peace.
Matthew 11:29-30 NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Oxygen, yes I need it. Sleep, food, water, shelter… coffee… yes I need all those things.
But Jesus and all that brings me closer to Him I need more.
Try to see past the hair and embrace the words in this song 😉