It happens around this time every year. But not this year.
Don’t be thirsty.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the slang terminology, here’s a perfect example:
So Jesus left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
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.”
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
QUENCH YOUR THIRST
The woman kept looking, man after man, but none of them could satisfy her. She had a thirst no relationship could quench.
Bad things happen when you get “thirsty”.
- You can’t meet new people (with out your mind running), because every time you do, you start thinking “could they be it?…”
- You start to lower your standards. (Something’s better than nothing)
- And worst of all…Jesus falls into the background. Blurred out by your focus…
But here’s a twist.
The problem isn’t that you’re thirtsy.
You were created thirsty.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “God has planted eternity in the human heart.”
C.S. Lewis said it best,
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
God made you to be thirsty. That’s not the problem. The problem is that you’re drawing from the wrong well.
If you feel like this might be you, here’s some perspective that will reset your eyes, and your heart.
1. Jesus is water…Jennifer is soda
I remember one of the first lessons I ever learned in baseball. I was in between innings and I was thirsty, so I went to get a Coke…my coach told me something that went contrary to what I felt was true. He said don’t do it. Soda will just make you thirstier. Drink water, he said. The caffeine rush is temporary. You need water to live.
- Will make you thirstier
- The rush is temporary
- Cleans out your “tox-sins”
- balances your life
- And in case you’ve never been to a restaurant…WATER’S FREE.
2. Jason is limited but Jesus has no end…
AND IT DOESNT MATTER HOW GREAT THE GUY OR GIRL IS…THEY CAN NEVER FILL YOU BECAUSE AT THE END WE ARE ALL LIMITED…
The fact of the matter is everyone has something different to offer…some people are smart…some are funny…some are great listeners…and if you’re really lucky…you might find a perfect combination.
But people don’t realize…that when you center you’re life around a person, no matter how great, you’re centering you’re life around a cup.
Theres a LIMIT.
But JESUS is a well with no end…his love never ends.
Boyfriends/Girlfriends, even Husbands and Wives are all limited in what they can give you. Not Jesus.
3. Christina’s pretty…but Jesus is beautiful
I don’t know how to convince you of this.
How do you describe the sun to someone who’s never seen it?
Or a sunset?
You just have meet him for yourself.
But I will say this, I don’t serve God because Jesus is useful.
Sure, the wisdom of his teachings are bar-none. We still talk about them.
I serve God, because Jesus is beautiful.
With he right makeup and hair, girls are pretty. With the right proportions and height, guys are handsome.
But Jesus…(shaking my head as I type)
Jesus is beautiful.