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Living or Stagnant? – (2)

by on October 23, 2012

We were looking yesterday at the analogy that God uses in the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament of the Bible about ‘broken cisterns’ to show the contrast between the ‘fountain of living water’ and literally everything else. Today we’re moving into the New Testament:

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.” 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? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 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.”

So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
John 4:10-15, 28-29 ESV

If you think your life is pretty full but that there’s something missing; or if you realise that your self-centred life is stagnant and doesn’t satisfy; if you realise that there are un-fillable cracks in your life and that you’re stuck in a mess of our own making that you simply cannot get out of on your own; and if you are ready to admit that you are broken and useless on our own – you have to turn to Jesus Christ for help!

He is the fountain of living water – a source of unlimited supply. He is perfectly pure and clean. He paid the penalty to rescue us from our sin and our uncleanness. He paid it by dying on the cross for you and for me. He alone can satisfy our needs and give us a life that is truly full!

If you don’t accept Jesus you’ll remain like Jeremiah in the pit, in the darkness of that broken cistern, and you will spend eternity in hell separated from God. I have to tell you that. But the good news that I’m eager to share with you is that if you accept Him, if you ask Him to be your saviour, you’ll know eternal life with Him in heaven.

There’s a favourite hymn of mine that says:

Preserved by Jesus, when
My feet made haste to hell,
And there should I have gone
But Thou doest all things well.
Thy love was great, Thy mercy free,
Which from the pit delivered me.

We read that God told the people of Israel through Jeremiah that if you go after worthlessness, you will become worthless. So we should go after God’s things, to seek righteousness first, to seek to know more about Jesus and to be more like Him. Like the woman at the well let us leave control of our own water jar and follow the Christ instead. Let us strive to fill our lives with what is truly important, not petty or trivial things like the sand or the dirt, but let us seek our pleasure in God’s things and know lives that are full of the evidence and the effect of the living water.

Another favourite hymn says:

I thirst, but not as once I did,
The vain delights of earth to share,
Thy wounds, Immanuel, all forbid
That I should seek my pleasure there.

Some verses to finish with from Paul’s letter to Timothy:

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV

For those of us who know the ‘fountain of living waters’, let us take hold of that which is truly life, let others see it in our lives, and let us do all that we can to reach out and share it with others.


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