If I could tell the world something, what I’d say is this:
I am not the main attraction, and I hope you won’t be fooled into thinking the same of yourself. Oh, I know it’s what we all believe in our heart-of hearts, but let that not be all, for all time — what we hold most dear.
I want to live for something more, be something more than a life lived simply for me and my obsessions. If I could do anything well, let it be letting Jesus live His life through me, letting my story be His.
Is that your desire as well? Have you lived with your own way long enough to want more than you can craft for yourself from life? Is life short enough in your eyes to make you long for a different end than death? Have you gotten startled by life, feeling like just going on to another day could be a hazard to your very existence?
If any of this describes you, don’t miss out on the rest of the story. I know that there is more to the story (oh, praise be to GOD!) because I have been troubled like this too. I have found disappointment, fear and doubt making a get-away with my treasures of contentment, peace and hope. I wondered what life could hold to make it worth living, and how so many people could go on living like there was nothing wrong, even if they were pretending. Maybe some people aren’t, maybe they just haven’t seen or experienced enough of life’s hardships to be cast down in despair, being fraught with eerie suspicions that you will never see life the same after what’s happened to you.
Perhaps you feel cursed, or unlucky. Maybe you’ve tried religion, meditation or philosophy to make sense of what you’re struggling with. Or, like I did, you’re realizing that food, friends, family, commitment and rituals just aren’t giving you enough spiritual energy to go on, knowing what you have to face.
You’re not alone. This is a common complaint, a devastating side-effect of being human in a world filled with evil, laced with sin. You cannot help showing symptoms of its influence simply by living in it. This has been a problem that has lingered over us since we were conceived, but for many of us the questions and discomfort didn’t come till much later.
But, our diagnosis, though grim, need not end in death and nothingness. Life is offered to each of us in abundant proportions. I’ve tasted; it is good, and what’s more, it offers a better satisfaction than I imagined at first glance. I’m not done sipping, either; the drink goes on and on, forever.
The drink I’m talking about is what Jesus called living water. It is the only antidote to thirsty souls, and it’s only found when the Spirit of God witnesses to, and awakens our dead and darkened spirits. Care to hear more? Well, come listen in with me, to hear Him as He joins us at our fickle wells, welcoming us to drink more than this finite world has to offer us. Thirsty?
Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee.To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.
A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)
The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”
At this point none of this may be making sense. So, I just had you read the Bible, now what? Good question.
There may not be much in that little story that made sense to you, a lot of extra details that seem to fail to play into your life. Well, the point is this, if you’re thirsty, you can meet the One who is water.
Sound strange? That’s okay. You’re thirsty, right? If you’re feeling hung up on this Man-who-is-water concept, consider this: Can you explain to me why you are thirsty? Does the reason even matter to you? Probably not; not unless it has some kind of clue to the answer.
Well, in this case, the reason why we are thirsty does help to us to understand how to become filled with living water. Scripture describes it this way:
You have a bowl or a cup (we are the bowl or cup, what we can term a container.) The sole purpose of our container is to hold water. It wouldn’t make much sense to have a container with nothing in it. So, there is a constant pull (kind of like gravity) within the container to be full. Now, suppose our container has options for what to fill itself with: it can choose between, water, wine, milk, and a whole host of other beverages. The best option for our little guy is water; it is what the container was made to hold, and it is what gives him the best satisfaction. The rest of the liquids taste good, but they really don’t compare; and, worst of all, they don’t keep him satisfied, they keep seeping through the holes he’s got in the bottom of him. Nothing but water is going to work, because its temperature allows it to freeze when it touches the cup and stay put within him.
Okay, so, what I’m trying to get at, is this: you were made to be satisfied by God. He is perfect, and even though you’re not, He’s still the One for you. If you want to know this satisfaction deep inside, realize that Christ came into the world, taking on the flesh you make your home, so that His Spirit might indwell you.
How does this happen? By asking. God has already made all the preparations complete, He’s just waiting for your response. Will you welcome in to make your heart His dwelling place?
He’s looking for something no more complicated than a request like this:
God, I’ve heard that You’ve been looking for me. I haven’t been aware of or ready for this until now, but now that I am, will You have me? Will You come into my heart, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I have realized that You are my only need, in You I will find everything that I have been looking for in all these other places. I don’t want to be thirsty anymore, please satisfy me with all You are, and turn my life around. Thank you.