Warm bread right from the oven, soaking in a generous helping of butter. Chocolate cake with a half-inch of fudge icing. Fresh apple dumplings, still warm from the oven and the maple syrup, thick and gooey. A juicy grilled hamburger with melted cheese, onions, tomatoes, and barbecue sauce dripping from the bun. The Thanksgiving dinner table. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
Reread that list and let your mind linger on each one for a moment. Mentally smell it. Do you notice what’s happening? Right now, there is a good chance that your mouth is watering. Why is that?
God has made our bodies with many amazing features that we take for granted. The watering mouth is one of them.
The mouth produces two types of saliva. One is mucous and I won’t say anything else about this because I don’t want to ruin our moment. The other is serous. It is almost 100% water and contains enzymes to lubricate the mouth and throat for swallowing as well as to begin breaking food down for digestion and absorption.
The sight, smell, or even the deep thought about food triggers a response in the brain. The brain says, “Yes! Food! It’s time to eat. Bring it on!” Then, the brain automatically signals the salivary glands to start pumping out the serous. We would just call it “spit.” The lubrication is a response to the stimuli.
In spite of a mouth full of serous, you will still find that you are thirsty. Just think about something really salty: potato chips, pretzels, popcorn. Your mouth starts watering and you feel like you are drowning. However, the salivation has made you thirsty. While you may not eat the salty things, you will probably want to get a drink.
Go ahead – get your drink – I’ll be here when you get back.
We have often heard it said, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.” That’s not entirely true. Put a salt block near the trough and it won’t be long before that horse wants the water. Licking the salt made the horse thirsty. Salivation begins. The steed has to do something to quench his thirst.
Matthew 5:13 says, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Do we make Christianity and Christ look “appetizing” to a lost world? Are we salting the world’s tastebuds with a life and witness that helps them get thirsty for the things of God? Spiritual thirst is quenchable.
John 4:10, 13-14 says, “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water…(13) Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: (14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Make someone’s mouth water for Jesus today!