Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (NIV)
Jesus satisfies – totally, fully and completely. In Him there is no wanting. He overflows our cups with Living Water. The “water” of this world was never made to quench the soul’s thirst. The world cannot satisfy the senses much less the soul. These are merely vanities – they are blessings from God’s hands but not the Substance – paste gems but not the jewel. They satisfy for a moment but find us wanting still – craving more. One chip or peanut or cookie or whatever never seems to be enough to satisfy, right? Enough is never enough. Worldly thirst simply keeps us ever wanting more, Amen? Yet, the spring of living water that Jesus freely gives fills every space and totally satisfies the human soul’s deepest longings. He is what we need and all we need. It is never Jesus plus something else – it is Jesus alone. In Him is all fullness.
The water Jesus provides gives us a continual flowing stream of sweet satisfaction. Indeed, when we are filled with Him our cups overflow to all others around us in our spheres. No one is more needy than one who seeks their filling from the world. And, quite frankly, they are not very much fun to be around either. Always looking for someone to put something into their empty vessels – words of affirmation or acts of good deeds are simply like rocks in their tin cups – there are always spaces to be filled. Yet the Living Water of the Lord Jesus fills every space and overflows to help others in our spheres of influence as well – providing us with a continual satisfaction through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. He gives us exactly what we need. This is the learned secret of contentment of which Paul writes to the Church at Philippi in Philippians 4:10-13 (NIV): “I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Jesus freely and abundantly gives us all we need to walk in sufficiency in a manner worthy of the Gospel and to please Him in all we say and do and think. All that we need, He graciously gives.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)