“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
From an eternal perspective, it is critical we build on the right foundation. And that foundation is Jesus Christ. Because we live in a deceptive world, it is possible to be diverted and go off mission.
The passage from Jeremiah reminds us we must root ourselves in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the source of life that sustains and endures.
Just as in the days of Jeremiah, many people today have abandoned the fountain of living water. Instead, they seek satisfaction in the perishable values of this world.
“…for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.” (2 Timothy 4:10, NIV)
The love of this world is the lure that can lead to destruction and the loss of eternal reward. Families get sacrificed for careers. At the end of a career, many retirees do not know what to do with themselves. Some invest their time, talent, and treasure in the temporary values of this world, not realizing the eternal cost of doing so. These people are building for themselves broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
The longer we live, the more we begin to appreciate the fact that we are only passing through. Everything is temporary. Time flies by. People are always on the move. We are constantly in a period of transition.
We want to remember:
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15–17, NIV)
May all of us be wise enough to drink at the fountain of living water, and to build on a sure foundation for the life to come.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I sure that Jesus Christ is the sure foundation of my life, and that I am cultivating my relationship with him?
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