Millions of people around the world are confused about what they must do to have everlasting life. This easy to read book gives an entertaining and illustrative view of the concept of eternal life and what you must do to receive it.
Lucas Kitchen is an American author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction. He has written over twenty books. His book Naked Grace was an Amazon bestseller in 2020, and For The Sake Of The King was as well in 2021.
In the fourth chapter of John, Jesus is talking with a thirsty lady by a well. He says:
If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. (John 4:10)
The living water Jesus is talking about is the saving message. The message He will give her later in the conversation is the water which metaphorically she needs to drink. This is the perfect image of what the Gospel message is like. The Gospel is like a glass of fresh, clean water. You've heard of energy drinks. This is one better;—it's a living drink; a shot of immortality; a cup of drinkable life. Jesus presents this living water as crystal clear and ready to be downed. Once we've drunk it, He wants us to hand out this living water to other thirsty people.
Imagine how hard it would be to get other people to drink a glass of water if it had dirt or even mud in it. This is the image I want you to have when you consider sharing the living water with others. You don’t want to share a muddy cup. You want to share a drink that is clear and refreshing. Unfortunately, many people are pouring additives into the living water. These additions cloud the water. The result is that what they are handing out is hard to drink.
This is what happens to the Gospel. Notice I didn't say that it is what has happened to the Gospel. I mean to say this is what is happening to the Gospel constantly. There are always those who are ready to add a little of this and a little of that to the living water. When we allow additives to be applied to the living water, something unwanted happens. Paul explains in Galatians:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different Gospel—which is really no Gospel at all. (Galatians 1:6-8)
The Galatians had received the living water. They had drunk it by this point. However, as they began to grow, they were adding things to the living water. In this case, they were adding the requirement of living by the Jewish law. Paul makes it clear that if you add anything to the living water, it's no longer the living water. It's no longer the Gospel if you add works.
This book is going to be an attempt to remove the dust, the sugar, and the color from the living water. It's my firm contention that the reason there is so much disagreement on the content of the Gospel is that many pastors and teachers are secretly dumping additives into the living water. For many years of my life, I was being sold a cloudy liquid that was not the living water, when I should have recognized that the living water was clear and free.
I'm asking you to consider dumping out the mixed drink—the cocktail concoction; the Gospel mud soda—that you may have been drinking. Those false drinks force you to continue to guzzle, but you will remain thirsty. To do what we are seeking to do we will have to return to the water source. Jesus said that the one who drinks His water will never thirst. Let's find that water, shall we?