Today’s post is a guest post from Mark Lake. Mark hails from Florida, and I have had the opportunity to connect with him through The Deeper Christian Life Network and social media. You can find Mark and his writings at marklake.org where he discusses finding yourself in Jesus not religion, and pursuing the deeper things of Christ.
Today Mark brings a powerful reminder of Christ as our source and our satisfaction. After you read it hop over and check out some of Mark’s other writings.
Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” – John 4:7-14
In Jesus’ response, he compares the water of this world to the living, spiritual water soon to be “within” through the Holy Spirit.
The water of this world does not satisfy; one will “soon become thirsty again”.
But those who drink the Lord’s water will “never be thirsty again”!
What is the deeper truth of this passage? What is the water of this world?
Allow me to suggest that Jesus here refers to whatever we seek in this world to satisfy ourselves outside of God’s life. God’s spiritual, divine life is the only thing that will truly satisfy us.
If we drink anything of this world, we “soon become thirsty again”.
What is of the world? It is anything that is not rooted in eternity.
Bigger homes. More money. Greater power. Increasing fame and popularity. Better health. More possessions.
These are not inherently bad things, though they can very easily eclipse the place of Christ in our hearts, creating false gods in our lives.
All of these things are rooted in this world. The satisfaction they provide is temporary and limited, often touching little more than our emotional needs and satisfying one’s ego. If we are drinking from these things to find deep satisfaction and fulfillment we will be forever thirsty because none of these satisfy the deep longing in our hearts.
Only the living water of Christ’s own life can meet our deepest need and fill our deepest voids. It is only in Him that we find our true satisfaction.
If our hope is in the things of this world we will be crushed and depressed when they fail to meet our expectations.
If our hope is in Christ alone – the Living Water – we will maintain our joy and peace when the things of this world fall apart.
Of course, we cannot avoid touching the things of this world. But whether we are drinking from those things for our life instead of drinking from the River of Life that is in us makes all the difference.
Which source we choose to drink from establishes our attitude and our temperament.
Saints, choose the Living Water as your joy, satisfaction, and your life.
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. – 1 John 2:15-17
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” – John 7:37-38