This past Thursday, my home church Angelus Temple had an amazing guest speaker. His name is Paul Daugherty, a pastor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The message he spoke of last night was entitled "Thirsty" and talked about the topic of thirst and our human quench for thirst as well as our spiritual. As a Christian, you can become thirsty and drink the wrong stuff. Water is the thing that equals life. When NASA sends out a space ship, it usually goes out to look for signs of water, as water means that there is signs of life.
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. [Jeremiah 2:13 NLT]
You can be thirsty for anything. For example, in Psalm 42 David says, "I thirst for God, the living God." When you’re weak, what you run to shows where you’re thirst is at. All of us come to God in need to be fixed like when the Samaritan saw Jesus, he let her know that he is The Living Water, though she came to fill her jar at the well of Jacob. Jesus called out her past with the five marriages that failed in her life, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t invited to drink from The Living Water. We put our thirst in what we are doing, in short: Jesus + Nothing = Everything You Need. Until HE is enough, then nothing else will be enough.
Pastor Daugherty said something that really resignated with my soul and that is, and I quote, “Like Paul, I’m moving forward, I’m not looking back.” I’ve realized that what I’m looking for, I’m only going to look for it in a intimate relationship with Christ. This is why during this whole sermon, as I was listening, I just couldn’t help but to think of Kendrick Lamar's song, "I’m Dying of Thirst." It just fit so well with last night’s message. The Maya Angelou portion in the end of the song hit the nail in the coffin after K. Dot’s verses on how thirsty he was from the Compton gang-infested lifestyle that is often seen and become the norm for everyday Compton, CA residents.
Below I leave you with Lamar’s track and hope that I made this post justice in conveying the same message I received from Pastor Paul Daugherty, as it was life-changing to my spirit.