Are You Growing In Christ?
You have heard, perhaps, the story of a party of travelers who were crossing the desert. They had exhausted all their supply of water, and they did not know where they could find any. But, at last, after some days’ march, they came near a turbid stream of the filthiest water. In dashed the camels, and defiled it still worse. Yet the poor travelers, who had come across the arid desert, were so thirsty that they drank what was more earth than water, and thought it sweeter than any wine they had ever tasted. But after they had satisfied their thirst, did they still think so? Did they then say the water was sweet? No; they understood then what it was they had been drinking. After their thirst was once quenched, you could not have compelled them to drink there again until the thirst returned in all its force.
But so long as the Christian is here, he will always have the pangs of hunger. He will always have all the sufferings of spiritual thirst if Christ is removed from him, and, therefore, that longing will always make Christ sweet to him. Our Lord must always have the dew of his youth on him, because we shall always have an appetite for him as long as we are here. Or if we lose it for a little while—for fools will abhor all manner of meat sometimes—still that appetite must and shall return, and we will again fly to those living waters as with the wings of a dove, and hasten again to those cooling streams with all the speed of the panting deer that longs after the water brook, for it must drink or die.
Therefore, you see that because we will always need Christ, therefore he will always be fresh to us.