Spiritual dehydration can happen quickly. Without constantly partaking of Christ, our lives will shrivel and die. Guard your heart so that no affection leads you away from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Water is the source of life. We can go 40 days without food but only three days without water. When your body (which is about 60% water) is dehydrated, your vital organs begin to shut down … quickly.
Knowing this, most great cities of the world were settled along rivers, for everything depends upon water. Where there is no river, wells must be dug if possible.
Your Spiritual Well
The spiritual life has but one true source: Christ Himself. Christ often reminded us of this truth.
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)
Guarding the Well
The wise Proverbs writer gives us a powerful reminder of how carefully we must guard the entrance to that Well.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Our heart is the seat of our affections. What we love and value. Everything in one’s life is determined by their heart’s affections. Whatever you think is valuable is what you will pursue, whether right or wrong, good for you or detrimental.
The Proverbs writer is not admonishing us to guard Christ, but to guard that in us which determines whether or not we will value Christ.