Summary: Finding Wholeness in a Broken World Pt 2 - this message about the woman at the well helps people understand that to be whole we have to confront and respond to our brokenness.
Finding Wholeness in a Broken World
Pt 2 – Getting Started
John 4:7-26; 39-45
“I just want someone to help me.” Those were the words that started this series in my heart – as the words of a young man echoed the words of so many others. Into the brokenness of this world the words of Jesus pour out like water to wanderer in the desert. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Two longings fill our hearts in this world; the longing to be loved and the longing to be whole. Our hearts cry out that there must be something better than the brokenness that we are living in. Marriages, homes, and lives languishing in unfulfilled potential and shattered dreams. So the question we left last week with was – where do I start – how do I begin this journey to wholeness that comes with following Jesus. To answer that question let’s look at a person who started the journey.
Confront your brokenness – If you want to be whole you have to stop justifying, explaining, and rationalizing brokenness. I said last week that the most damaging lie of the enemy is “It can’t get any better than this.” I love the way Jesus handles this situation. He cuts right to the chase “If you knew who I was you would ask and I would give you a gift that you can’t imagine.” Jesus knows the thirst that is in her – he see’s her loneliness, her pain, her hearts longing. She doesn’t see it but He does. Sometimes like my old friend Henry our pain and brokenness becomes an old friend. Jesus gets right to the heart of the matter – “Go, call your husband and come here.” Two schools of thought exist 1) that she had been married and put away by her husband 5 times and now was ready to get married again. 2) that she was a woman of suspect morality having lived with many men in immoral relationships over time. It honestly doesn’t matter – the reality of her plight remains the same – her heart isn’t whole – her life isn’t whole. Jesus says let’s stop playing games and beating around the bush let’s talk about what’s holding you back. If we want to get better we have to admit we are broken. If we want our marriages to get better we have to stop blaming each other for why they are broken and start picking up the pieces. If our relationships keep falling apart we need to take a look at who we are and what our part in that is. If our children are running wild we need to stop casting blame and start looking for a better way.
Embrace Positive Change – You can’t have it both ways. You can’t be who you are and who you want to be at the same time. The truth is that brokenness in life requires fundamental change. One of the reasons that life doesn’t get better for us is that we are so resistant to change.