When we’re hungry, we eat. When we’re thirsty, we get a drink. We get tired and buy a coffee, or take a nap. When we’re bored we pull out our phones and check our social media feeds. When we’re lonely, we blast music or call up an old flame.
The trouble is, we always end up feeling empty again. Hungry, thirsty, lonely, sad, bored, tired, empty.
Our lives become an endless cycle of consumption and amusement.
What fills you up?
The Bible tells the story of a Samaritan woman at a well. She was approached by a man named Jesus who asked her for a drink of water. As they talked, Jesus revealed that He knew everything about her: including the things she was ashamed of, and the things that she longed for.
She soon recognized Him as the ‘Messiah’, the Savior that the Jewish people had been anticipating. Jesus told the woman about “living water” and promised that those who drank that water would never be thirsty again, in fact, not only would they be satisfied, they would be given the gift of eternal life.
Jesus had the authority to do this because He was not only the Messiah, but the Son of God.
He offered this woman the ultimate satisfaction despite the mistakes she had made and the ways she had tried to fill that void before through her promiscuity.
After watching this video, can you see ways you try in vain to fill yourself?
If you do feel that emptiness in your life, Jesus is offering you the ultimate satisfaction. He wants to give you living water and the free gift of eternal life. All you need to do is open the door. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev. 3:20)
The way to do that is simple. You can use the prayer below, or your own words to do the following:
1. Tell God that you are sorry for your sins – the ways you have hurt or ignored Him.
2. Acknowledge that Jesus lived and died to pay the consequences of your selfishness.
3. Rejoice that Jesus rose from the dead to enter eternal life and to offer it to you too!
4. Finally, ask Jesus to take control of your life and to fill the void: take a drink of that living water.
Lord Jesus, I feel empty. I have tried to fill my life with many things. I have hurt others and I have hurt You with my words and actions, and I’m sorry. I believe that You died on the cross to spare me from the consequences I deserve. Thank You for Your sacrifice. I believe that You rose from the dead into eternal life and I want to live it with You: let me have a taste of the living water you offered the woman at the well. I want you to take control of my life, because I know that only You will fill the emptiness in my heart. Amen.