This morning I was really drained, like really drained. I didn’t want to go to work, and I definitely didn’t want to seek God’s will for the day. I just wanted to eat chocolate and mope. Why you might ask? A lot of little things piled up and I just couldn’t quite cope. Oh and I was seeking joy in all the wrong places… but we’ll get to that.
In this week’s message at Cross Point Church, Pastor Pete Hixon spoke of “The Truth about Grace.” He used the Scripture John 4 to describe how Jesus met the Samaritan woman where she was and spoke truths about her life and into her life. He knew that the wells she was continuously drawing water from would only fill her for awhile. However he shared with her, as shown in verses 14-15, that whoever drinks the water he gives will thirst no more.
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.[a]
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will becomein him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped onthis mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Jesus is calling all of us to come back to him, not the different wells that momentarily satisfy us. He knows all about us – the good, the bad and the ugly, and he still calls us to him. He knows that we struggle, and like any good father would, he desires to fully satisfy our thirst [he is the only one who can].
Last night, when I couldn’t fall asleep, I made a list of all the wells I draw water from to try to be filled. Some of them included: People [but I know that I can’t put expectations on a mere human to satisfy my soul, even my bestest of friends], The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon [though it brings much laughter, it only lasts for a moment and then it’s gone], Food [I usually end up feeling too full, and in all the wrong ways], Sleep [I don’t think I will ever quite get enough sleep], Bourbon [though it warms and calms my insides, it nary does compare to God’s inexplainable peace], Adventure [sometimes, epic life distractions], etc…
This morning, I went to many of my wells to try and thirst no more. Maybe if so-and-so hugs me then I’ll feel great, or chocolate I just need something yummy to eat, or sleep just a few more minutes, or something funny there must be a video this morning that’ll make me laugh… All the while I steadily ignored the still, small voice that said Come to me. Each well exhausted me a bit more, but the voice persisted Come to me. Come to me. Come to me.
After awhile, I did. I took a moment away from it all and said Okay God, I’m listening.
And then he did something really cool, once he had my attention. He filled me by allowing me to be a part of his plan. He gave me an opportunity to obey, and he was really gracious and thoughtful about it. I was able to help someone in a way that I wished to be treated. For a quick moment, and glance of understanding, I was able to share my missing of my Gma in an act of service. Really cool, now that I think of it.
Through all of this, I decided to make a new word. “Jesusovert.”I will no longer claim to be Introverted or Extroverted [I sit right on the fence anyway], as I am a Jesusovert. I receive my energy through seeking Christ. Anyone with me?
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” -John 4: 14-15