Monday, August 2, 2010

What Are You Thirsty For?

John 4:13-15

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

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.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

What Are You Thirsty For?

I am a ham. Everyone who spends more than about 10 seconds with me knows this. I don't deny it and I am comfortable with it.

I blame it on the stage. I spent much of my youth working in theater and show choir. I've done backstage work, on stage work, I've directed and I've written plays. I have done make-up and run lights. I've been the property master and I have been the 'sound guy'. I've sung in malls and great cathedrals everything from Bach work to Bobby Brown.

The stage is seducing. It is one of the few places where you can play make-believe as an adult and be appreciated for it. For some, it can become an addiction. As soon as you complete one work, you can't wait to start the next one. Its more than a hunger; its like a thirst. It has to be quenched and there's nothing else you can take that will quench that longing for being on stage.

Now, I laid down any ambition of making the stage a career years ago. But, the Holy Spirit brought me back to that feeling when considering this conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.

She was thirsty. Sure, she was going to get water, but she was thirsty for something else. She was going to haul water in the heat of the equatorial noon-day sun. She didn't want to be around people. She wanted to do her chores without interacting with anyone. Yet, she immediately engaged with Jesus when he asked her to draw water. She didn't ignore Him and walk away because she was thirsty for interaction, even as she was trying to avoid it. Isn't it funny how hard we will work to avoid the thing we need?

Jesus drew this desire out of her by His statement, "But whosoever drinketh the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;" It's hard for us to understand how earthshaking this statement is because water comes easy to us. We don't have to walk for miles carrying water. There are probably very few reading this who have ever had to go to a pump and bring water up from a well. There are areas in the world today where running water from indoor plumbling is a dream (you don't have to go overseas - I know of missionaries who work in rural parts of the U.S. helping people realize this dream). When you've had to haul water daily, someone telling you 'you'll never thirst again' gets your attention.

But, there is another kind of thist. We all know what its like to want some ice cold water on a hot day, but what about that personal thirst? What about that thing that occupies your thoughts and your dreams day and night? What about that thing that seems to be the center of your life? You structure everything around it from the food you eat to the places you go to the books your read. Dear ones, you're thirsty.

The things of this world are like that ice cold water on a hot day. Sure, it will quench your thirst but you will be thirsty again. That one glass will apease for a while, but you'll get thirsty again. There is never enough money. You need more time. He doesn't love you enough. She doesn't pay enough attention. If I could just get promoted. If I could just get married. If I could just get that car. This world will always leave you wanting more.

"But whosoever drinketh the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;"

Are you thirsty? What are you thirsty for? Is it the things of this world, or for Christ? If you're thirst is set for the things of the world, you will never be satisfied. Oh, you'll get a reprieve, but you will never be full and certainly not overflowing. But, when you hunger and thirst after righteousness...

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

John 6:35
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

John 7:37
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Are you thirsty? Come, drink the Water of the Word. You'll never thirst again.

Evg. Stephanie Robinson

Lifeline is the evangelistic ministry of Fellowship Church in Jonesboro, GA.

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