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Living abundantly

John 4:13-14 – The pursuit of “satisfied.”

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today- do I live searching for something that will satisfy or do I live from the overflow of found satisfaction?

John 4:13-14 TPT

[13] Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, [14] but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”

 

Observation

Jesus meets a Samaritan woman (one who Jews like Jesus should not speak to) drawing water from a well in the middle of the day. And he makes these amazing declarations to her. When you drink the living water that I offer you will be “Forever satisfied,” and “flooded with endless life.” Have you ever been offered this?

 

How often we try and make Jacob’s well satisfy our thirst for life? How often do we try and fill our lives with things that will satisfy us only to find ourselves “thirsty again?” The world, the systems of the world that are shaped by evil, offer to satisfy us with new shiny things and we chase after them, and sometimes capture them, only to find they satisfy momentarily, if at all. Life is not to be lived in search of satisfying things but from the overflow of satisfaction.

 

Jesus says “drink the living water I give you,” and then from a place of “forever satisfied” live your life. You see “forever satisfied,” is living from the overflow of life, not in search of life. And it releases generosity, peace, rest, joy, creativity, honesty, humility, for I am no longer on the treadmill of trying to get. I can now live for others for I am satisfied. It kills worry and anxiety, it destroys fear, for I am living from the overflow of satisfaction. Consumerism demands that I live from lack, you need more, that new thing you must have to be satisfied, and it drives us to get what we need to be satisfied. It’s a forever never-ending demanding shaping story that permeates our culture and we try and build our life in its dry hard crust.

 

The water, the satisfaction for life, that Jesus offers is the “gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit.” It’s the permanent, intimate presence of God within us. When you live from this place your thirst for life is now lived from the overflow of being satisfied. I have tasted times of this satisfaction but I am not sure I have learned to reside here. But in my drinking, I have become addicted. There is nothing that this life can offer that is as satisfying, as beautiful, as awe and amazing, as restful and passionate, as living in the presence and intimacy of Holy Spirit. It’s indescribable yet undeniable. It is as Jesus says “so satisfying.”


Application

I will drink the water that Jesus offers. I will lay down all my attempts to find satisfaction in the shinny, fleeting, trinkets, the things, the positions, the pleasures of this life, and drink often in my fill of Holy Spirit. I will find my rhythm of contemplation that I may live from satisfaction, not desperately on the endless treadmill of searching for it. I will live from rest with my focus on others, as this is the promise, the overflow, of being satisfied.


Response

Thank you for the supernatural life you offer me to live. Thank you for not demanding that I search for life but offer yourself freely as the source of life. Thank you that in you I have the promise of a satisfied, endless life. If only I could capture a small portion of your offer and live in its brilliance! I am blessed to know your offer!

 


Meditation

Meditation truth – “I will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied by Jesus.”

Consider:

How much of the efforts of your life are expended on the search for something that will satisfy?

Do you have a rhythm of contemplation where you can drink in the intimacy of Holy Spirit?


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