Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
Previously, we learnt that when we don’t prioritise the kingdom of God our return on investment is meagre and our appetite is insatiable. Today we observe that when Christ’s mission is not top of our agenda, our thirst is unquenchable.
In a spiritual sense, water speaks of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). As a rule, believers should not be “thirsty” because rivers of living water should continually flow from their inner man. Remember Jesus’ promise to the spiritually thirsty woman at the well that whoever drinks of the Living Water would never be thirsty again (John 4:14).
It’s very tough to function as a believer without the unction. We can’t make it as Christ’s witnesses without the Spirit’s anointing (Acts 1:8). It’s frustrating to have a great mission without the matching empowerment.
No wonder so many are lured by unclean spirits! The lack of a sense of genuine anointing in our lives creates a thirst–a spiritual vacuum–that makes us vulnerable to phoney anointing. God forbid!
The charisma and character of Christ through the Holy Spirit should manifest in and through us freely and continually. The Spirit-filled life should be every believer’s everyday experience (see 1 John 2:27). That is normal Christianity. Anything less is abnormal!