“People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty. People drink the sand because they don’t know the difference.”
Drinking the Sand
In our culture, we are constantly being trained to drink the sand. Not with respect to political leadership, but in the constant flow of promises offering us life and fullness in this-worldly things. Whether in shopping and material comforts, political hashtags, or Instagrammable experiences, there is a constant invitation in our culture to drink the sand. There are thousands of ways to seek satisfaction, peace, and fullness in the things of this world.
As Christians we know better. Our King said it plainly: “Everyone who drinks of this(-worldly) water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14). We may have heard Jesus’s words, but that does not make us immune. We are tempted to drink the sand everyday. How do we attain fullness as the people of God in our daily lives?
Our theme verse for 2019 is Colossians 3:16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” This gives a picture of the people of God, living in fullness. It begins with renewal in Christ through his indwelling Word. And that Word, once it has taken root within, flows out of us in worship and joy (John 7:37-38).
Grace in the Word
Rather than long after sandy, this-worldly things, we should make David’s prayer our own:
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
That is why we are starting Grace in the Word. This will be a simple time of opening up Scripture together, examining its meaning, applying it to our lives, and praying the Word back to God. We want to be sure there are ample opportunities to dwell in the Word together and have the thirst of our spirits satisfied. See below for details, and please join us for Grace in the Word!
What: Grace in the Word—our first study will look extensively at John 17, Jesus’s high priestly prayer
When: 9:30AM on Sundays
Where: In the Grace Alameda sanctuary
Expectations: No commitment necessary. Come as often as you can.
Why: Let the Word dwell richly in you