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Water, Wells and Wishes

Posted by jon on May 13, 2009 in but seriously... |

There is so much we can learn from these early chapters of John. This week in AMP I will be talking about the picture of worship that Jesus describes in John 4 but for now I want to look at the parallel that are made between needs of the body and the needs of the soul. The Samaritan woman confused the two. She was out to meet her physical need while Jesus was waiting to meet her spiritual needs.

jdc2-2x3There is a truth of all of us, whether we like to admit it or not, when we come to Jesus. We all come to have a need met. Usually not our greatest need, to be made right before God, but all too often we come to the Lord because we have a need that we believe is the most pressing of matters when in fact it pales in light of God truly wants to do in our lives. We come to the cross because we think, or hope, or have nowhere else to turn, and maybe we can have our needs met. We all come selfishly, at least initially. This is good, and it is the only way we can come. Jesus didn’t speak to those he healed about repentance first; he simply met their immediate need and then moved on to their need they didn’t even know about. The woman in the story was so concerned about the well’s water that she didn’t understand Jesus was offering her soul water, but when her eyes were opened she wanted the Lord’s forgiveness and then went to tell anyone who would listen about what had happened.

We all come out of need to Christ, but then when the hard times pass and our needs are met we tend to drift away. This is where we starve our souls. We come and drink the water and leave until we are so parched we can no longer continue. We will only truly grow when we learn to drink deeply, not because we need God to get us out of our need but because we develop a need to dwell in the presence of God. This is true and authentic worship, and it’s the only thing that will resonate with the world around us. And in the end that’s how we let the world know that God is everywhere.

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