What do you thirst for?
Attention? Sex? Drugs? Alcohol? Popularity? Acceptance? Love? Likes on your latest photos? There might be just a few things you might crave, thirst for maybe things I haven’t mentioned. Usually people deep down really thirst for love and intimacy but try to find it in the wrong places.
Every post I make I always use examples of myself to make what I write more personal and more intimate. My whole life I have always craved love and acceptance but I didn’t know how to fulfill my thirst, so I started drinking, smoking, smoking the occasional joint, getting into fights, trying to get attention off boys all these problems lead to deeper problems deep within me. For me I had Christian people all around me, I had a lot to do with Christianity like being involved in youth groups and dancing but I was still searching for something so much more deeper, when I figured out what I truly thirsted for, I truly encountered Jesus and my thirst was finally quenched. I’m not saying that I’ve never thirst for other things since, because Jesus never said you are never going to thirst again. I have had days of where I have been really discouraged- even the other day I just wanted to revert to my old things that gave me the temporary ‘fix’ but I couldn’t. The thing is we will always have somewhere to drink from, I continuously go to Him so He can fill me up because I know everything else I have tried to do has never worked.
The Bible talks a lot about thirst and one of the stories so many people know is about the woman at the well in John 4.
Jesus was just chilling at the well when a Samaritan woman came to the well around noontime, noontime -where no one else is out because it is too hot; but this woman she needed to get water from the well, she was thirsty and she was ashamed of herself so she didn’t want anyone to see her which is why she had to go at noontime but Jesus was already there and Jesus being the laid back guy asked for a drink.
This is why I really like this, Jews aren’t supposed to talk to Samaritans and men weren’t supposed to talk to women without their husbands present but Jesus ditched those “rules” and talked to her anyway. He didn’t care what she got up to or the fact she was a Samaritan. He had something so much more greater to offer that we cannot get from earthly things.
“‘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?”’ vs 9
Jesus knows all things so by talking to her shows how different He is than any “religious” person. He shows that He doesn’t judge but instead he cares for each person and loves them all equally. No matter what you have done or what has happened to you Jesus will give everyone an opportunity to drink from His water.
“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.” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. ”’ vs 13-14
Imagine standing with Jesus, Him knowing everything about you, everything you have done but He still loves you regardless and He is offering you this living water for free, He doesn’t want you to thirst for other things because it never fulfills you but this water that Jesus offers you is eternal and you will be fulfilled.
You wont need to seek for other things. When the woman heard this she knew that she needed this, she knew she couldn’t live without this water. She couldn’t live without Him. So she ran to tell her whole village about Him. Dang man she was thirsty as.
‘Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”’ 39-42
They all quenched their thirst by NOT drinking oak milk but from receiving Jesus and believing in Him. They were so thirsty for Him that they begged Him to stay with them to hear His messages. I want to be this excited, this eager to hear Him like the people of the village were.
‘On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of anyone who believes in me.’” ‘ John 7:37-38
‘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. ‘ John 6:35
“And all who thirst will thirst no more,
And all who search will find what their souls long for,
The world will try, but it can never fill,
So leave it all behind, and come to the well
So bring me your heart
No matter how broken,
Just come as you are,
When your last prayer is spoken,
Just rest in my arms a while,
You’ll feel the change my child,
When you come to the well” – The Well, Casting Crowns
I don’t need and you don’t need to look for things of this world to fill your void, you don’t have to keep on searching for things that just give you the temporary ‘fix’ to just get you by, Jesus has all that you long for, all that you thirst for.
Do you want Jesus to be part of you because I know He wants to give you life, He wants to breathe life in you again. It doesn’t matter what you have done in your past, He forgives you and He loves you. He longs for you. Do you long for him also?