Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

WHAT ARE YOU THIRSTY FOR?

“…Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!” – John 7:37.

Everybody is thirsty for something.  Some of us thirst for acceptance, for intimacy; for forgiveness or reconciliation, for a way out of our rut; others for reassurance from our fears; for relief from pain; for healing for one we love; peace from the emotional rollercoaster, or for justice and wrongs made right. Some of us know we thirst, but we’re not quite sure for what. Others describe a thirst for God.

The psalmist writes of his deepest thirst this way: “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water” Psalm 63:1). In another psalm, thirst is imaged this way, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2).

We all thirst for different things at different times, depending on our life circumstances. Sometimes, our thirst is so great that we are stuck wandering in a desert, in a dry and weary land with no relief in sight. And other times our cup is full, we are brimming with life and spirit, filled to overflowing. But consider for a moment—what are you thirsty for?

Jesus encounters the woman at the well and brings her the gift of living water. Consider some of the extraordinary elements of this encounter. The woman is a Samaritan, yet Jesus engages her in discussion and speaks to her of God, though she is a woman and a Samaritan. He treats her with such respect and dignity that God’s love spills over her and changes her life forever. The woman goes back to her community to share her experience of Jesus. Later, Jesus came to the Samaritan community.  Boundaries have been broken and bridged.

The woman experienced the transformative power of love. The living water of God’s grace has washed over her, and now she goes forth to bless others and to bring life to them.

We are all thirsty people. Thirsty to be known and loved for who we are. We are promised grace sufficient for our need, living water for our deepest thirsts. But we need to turn on the tap – to open ourselves to God, to those we encounter along our way.

We only have one trip through life on earth, so we must choose wisely and develop a hunger and thirst for God rather than the things of the world. We need a deep longing and abiding desire for an intimate relationship with Him because that’s all that matters at the end of the day. When we thirst for the Lord, we seek to know and understand more about Him. The focus of our lives should be on our love and devotion to Christ—to desire Him above all else. Human relationships can be lost, but the Lord will never walk away from us if we belong to Him because He loves us.

  

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does “living water” mean to you?
  2. What can we do this week to increase our thirst for God?      

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