Monday, February 1, 2016

Empty and Needy...


John 4:1-29

Have you ever been thirsty? Not just, “Oh…I could go for a drink.” I’m talking about cottonmouth, middle of a marathon, outside chasing the kids in the summer, end of a hot yoga class, two-a-day football practice thirty!

Now imagine being at that place of extreme thirst and only receiving enough water to partially sustain you. 

We often expend extreme amounts of energy not only building thirst but also looking for ways to cure that thirst. Whatever our particular thirst may be, our efforts typically yield temporary pleasure for our unrelenting need… 

Imagine this particular time, your desire returns at the same intensity but now someone asks you to share from your private source of sustenance. 


The bible tells a story of a nameless woman who made a solo trip in the middle of the day. Her simple mission was to retrieve water and momentarily escape her reality. Yet someone meets her there!

We can escape everything but the presence of Jesus Christ...

Through her conversation with Christ we discover that she is mentally, emotionally, and physically empty. 

Women in that time gathered water in groups, she chose to travel alone at an unusual time.

She has had several husbands. Despite the circumstance of her multiple marriages – that’s a lot of love given away…

She is carrying an empty water pot. There is assumedly nothing left in her home.

At this dry place, Jesus says share. 

How do you share from an empty vessel…

Jesus says I know who you are and I understand how you feel – your temporary was convenient but with me it's forever. I am the “more than enough” you need.

She could have ignored the words of Christ, but something clicked .

A vessel perpendicular to the source cannot get filled - in order for that vessel to receive anything - it has to be lowered/humbled...

Take note of your down days. You are being positioned to receive! 

“The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?””
John 4:28-29 NKJV

I believe that the woman's encounter with Christ changed the rest of her life and the lives of countless others. Now she could share without fear of running empty. 

If you are in an empty, dry, or lonely place I know a man. He is sitting at a well ready to replenish and restore you. Put down your source for gaining temporary joy and receive from a well that won't dry. God can give you an inner fulfillment that supersedes your needs!