Summary: The Holy Spirit, New Birth, Salvation
THE WELL – A Place Where God’s Gift Is Offered
John 4:10-12 (p. 741) February 22, 2015
So many times we think we know what we need...The prodigal son in Luke 15 thought it was his share of his father’s estate...the rich fool thought it was bigger barns to hold his abundant crops. Adam and Eve thought it was fruit that would make them like God, knowing good from evil.
One of my favorite songs starts out...
We all want what we ain’t got,
Our favorite doors are always locked.
On a higher hill with a taller top,
We all want what we ain’t got.
We ain’t happy where we are,
There’s greener grass in the neighbors yard.
A bigger house and a faster car,
We ain’t happy where we are.
Jake Owens wrote those words in this song called, “What We Ain’t Got.”
But it’s the standard operating procedure of the Evil One. Create a desire in people’s souls to find the answer outside of God...make people believe that real satisfaction be found in something created instead of our creator.
If this door would first unlock for me...If I could just get a little higher up this hill...if I just had a bigger house...a nicer car...I’d be OK.
The woman at the well must have thought if I marry the right guy...I’ll be OK. We know she thought...If I don’t have to come here to draw water in the middle of the day my life will be OK.
“Sir...Give me this water! Then I won’t be thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water!”
Here’s the truth of what Jesus is dealing with at the well...and it’s the truth of what each of us struggle with spiritually.
I. A DESIRE TO SEEK A TEMPORARY FIX OVER AN ETERNAL GIFT
The Samaritan woman sees her immediate problem as simple...“I’ve got to drag myself out here in the middle of the day lugging these heavy water jars because I’m thirsty.”
And truth be told every single one of us are just like her. We as humans are much more reactionary than proactive.
Life becomes a series of “thirsty” situations...in which we demand for God to give us something to drink, RIGHT NOW!
The god that most people worship fervently today is “Immediate Gratification.”
Give it to me now! “Make me happy now.” In fact I’ll go into debt financing it if I have to!
Self denial was the first step of discipleship according to Jesus, “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
The only reason we would deny ourselves of immediate gratification is because there’s something worth waiting on...or someone worth following.
Instead of receiving a quick drink that temporarily quenches my physical thirst...I’ll receive God’s eternal, endless, gushing fountain of life to constantly refresh my deepest spiritual and emotional thirsts.
This is what Jesus is trying to get this Samaritan woman to discover.
“You keep looking for quick emotional fixes for your life...and God’s gift is the forever answer...it will change you from the inside out...why don’t you ask me for that?”