Convinced

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

Working up a Thirst

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This morning, I’ve been working hard! First, there was the cooking and preparing the children for school, then cleaning, laundry, dusting, organizing, sweeping, mopping, etc.! Before long, I had “worked up a thirst”, so I sat with a nice cold glass of water to quench my thirst, rest from my labors, and joyfully contemplate how this hard work would bless and serve my own family and others as we prepare to show hospitality to friends this evening.
It occurred to me that the Christian life should be one of “working up a thirst” as well. As I reflected on the best part of my morning, the time when I sat at the Master’s feet, speaking to Him and hearing from Him, I thought of how we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, how we are created in Christ to do good works, how we should work with all our heart as for the Lord and how our work should be produced by our faith, prompted by love, and how our endurance is inspired by our hope in Christ. The more I meditated and pondered these passages, the greater my thirst became for more! More of His Word, more of His grace, more of His empowering Spirit to joyfully carry me through the cares of the day.

Today, as I work, I pray that, whatever I do, I would work at it with all my heart, working for the Lord and not for man. For as I work for Him, His Word is at work in me, molding and shaping me more into the image of Christ! Then, one day, we will never thirst again!

They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:15-17)

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

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