“Drink plenty of fluids young man.” In some fashion, we have all been told these words. Whether you heard them when you were sick or when you were enduring a new diet and workout plan, hydrating properly is vital for physical and mental performance.

When we don’t hydrate properly, we become dehydrated. Dehydration is when we lose more fluids than we take in. Meaning, the amount of water in our body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function. Dehydration is dangerous because often times when we feel the need to drink during an illness or physical activity, we have already fallen below the threshold and have become dehydrated. This will often lead us to the point of fatigue and possibly a trip to the emergency room.

The same way our bodies speak to us when we need to hydrate, our spiritual lives do the same thing.

John 7:37 states,

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.””

Jesus offered his children an invitation that was later echoed in Revelation 22:17,

“… And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”

Jesus spoke to the heart of each person, offering the water of eternal life. This life flows from God and sustains our every need.

Jesus invites all who are in need, weary, drained, downcast or poor in spirit to come and drink. However, we must take the initiative and draw near a personal God who offers each of us purpose, security and fulfillment. As we draw near, our belief, alignment, trust, and obedience will increase.

Success is not about conquering life by our own strength. Success is realizing we are weak, but our God is much stronger. This is where truth positions itself by saying in our weakness, we become strong. Success begins with humility and ends with us drawing near a greater source to be replenished.

Our greatest source is Jesus. Being aware of our failings and weaknesses can connect us to the greatest source. Even in our strongest moments, it is vital to continually go to Him to be rehydrated. Find success in knowing it is acceptable to say, “I thirst.”