“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?” 10 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.” 11 “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? 12 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?” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 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.” 15 “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.” (John 4:9-15, NLT)
The question, “Are you thirsty?”, is not really a trick question but I want to get you thinking and hopefully encourage you with something today. For years, I’ve heard Christians talk about being thirsty for more of God, in fact, I’ve made that statement myself in the past. We’ve probably all heard sermons and sung songs about being thirsty for more. However, I want to challenge you with that thought today. As Christians, should we be hungry and thirsty for more?
In the passage above, in verse 14, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that those who drink the water that He gives will never be thirsty again. In John 6:35 it says: “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (NLT)” Scripture tells us that those who believe in Him will never be hungry or thirsty, so why is it we hear that phrase from Christians many times? Is it out of habit, because we’ve heard it for years and think that’s the way we are supposed to be? Or, are you truly feeling hungry and thirsty, and if so, why is that?
I have one more section of Scriptures I want you to look at that I’m hoping will help answer these questions. John 4:28-30: “The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him. (NLT)” See, the woman came to the well to fill a jar, but while she was there she met the everlasting well. She then left her jar to go tell everyone that there is a Well that will never run dry. If you’re feeling thirsty I want you to honestly ask yourself the question, “Am I seeking to fill my own jar instead of seeking to be filled by the Well that never runs dry?” Sometimes in life we get concerned with filling our own jar with things that only quench our thirst for a period. Leave your jar behind and seek to be filled with the everlasting Well.
Remember, you are promised in these passages that I have shared that when you come to Jesus you will never hunger and thirst any longer. If you are feeling hungry and thirsty for more of God it’s not because he turned off the spigot, we did. Get back in fellowship with Him, leave your jar of personal desires that bring temporary fulfillment and go to the Well that gives everlasting satisfaction.