By Leonard Lauriault
The term, “juice” has several meanings to me. The most common use refers to the fruit drinks like the orange juice we have for breakfast that energize us for the day. When I was growing up, “juice” also referred to electricity. If someone changed a fuse they might call out to another,“Okay, see if ya got any juice now.” Or when someone got shocked they might say, “Boy, I just got the daylights juiced out of me.”
Those are certainly electrifying experiences. While getting shocked isn’t that pleasant, we should start off our day being juiced up with energy from God like we do when we drink our orange juice for breakfast.
Usually, when people talk about being energized or re-energized by God, they refer to an experience related to their time of personal devotion.
That’s one of the first things I do in the morning. But it’s not necessarily the source of energy for me.
Without belittling it my personal Bible study is merely the switch that let’s the current flow. It’s what prepares me to experience the energy that God has placed in me (Ephesians 3: 20, 21; 1: 19, 20). The energy is there; I just need to realize its presence and potential. It’s that energy that allows me to realize the truths of God’s word and his will for my life, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Psalm 36: 9; 1 Corinthians 2: 9-16; Romans 12: 2).
In John 4: 13, 14, Jesus mentioned this energy to the woman at the well describing it as streams of living water. If I drink the water he provides, it wells up in me unto eternal life, which is abundant even in the here and now (John 10: 10; 1 Peter 1: 8, 9; Colossians 1: 13, 14).
Although water provides little nutritive value (some minerals, but no energy), it does provide the juice of our system that makes everything else work right. When we have the living water working in us, he also works through us and flows from us much like an artesian fount to touch the lives of others (John 7: 37, 38).
Because this fount flows from our hearts, we need to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4: 23). We do that by relying on God and his word to guide us – by filling our hearts with the good things he teaches us (Luke 6: 45; Philippians 4: 8, 9; 2 Timothy 1: 13, 14). It is only by storing up the good things that we are able to retrieve them to share with others through the water of life. Even in semiarid places, like New Mexico, this juice – the water of life – is available for everyone to freely drink, but we do have to look for it (Revelation 22: 17; Acts 8: 26-39; 2: 38, 39; Galatians 3: 26 – 4: 7; Hebrews 11: 6).
Have you come to the fountain to find the joy of salvation (Isaiah 12: 2, 3; 58: 11)?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at