A young salesman was disappointed about losing a big sale. As he talked with his sales manager he complained, "I guess it just proves you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." The manager replied, "Your job is not to make him drink. Your job is to make him thirsty."
There are people all around us in need of the water of life—only, they don't know that this is what they need. They search for something to fill the emptiness inside, but nothing satisfies. They strive to quench their inner thirst with pleasure, money, or good works, but they still feel parched inside.
As Christians, we have experienced the refreshing, thirst-quenching power of the water of life—Jesus Christ Himself. The blood of Christ has cleansed us from every sinful stain of the past and has given us the assurance of a heavenly home. But, how good are we at inviting others to the water of life? When others look at our lives do they want what we have? Do we make lost souls thirsty for the gospel?
Too many Christians who preach the gospel with their lips, do not live with the power of the Gospel in their daily lives. Such inconsistency actually serves to repel people from the very Gospel they need.
Jesus said, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14). We as Christians have the amazing privilege to tell hopeless, thirsting souls about the water of life. Remember, though, as you share the water of life, to live in such a way that others will want what you have.
Make others thirsty for the gospel by living in a way that is consistent with your message.