It seems as though we're always longing for something more, never satisfied. And we know deep down inside what truly satisfies. As Christians we like to say that it's Jesus who satisfies. And while that's partly true, I believe there's more. There's something to fill that void and we often skip right past it.
Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst - not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life."
John 4:14 The Message
If we take the water that is Jesus Christ, we are given eternal life. End of story, right? But we all know that water, while keeping us alive, doesn't always satisfy.
If we are stranded in a desert, it's the water that will keep us alive. But our bellies will never be satisfied. That empty feeling will never be filled with water alone.
And so it is with our spirituality. Jesus brings life, eternal life, and he does bring satisfaction. The Bible even tells us that's all we need to enter into heaven.
So why do we always feel unsatisfied? Looking for the next thrill, or the next paycheck? Because we're longing for more. We need food for our bellies.
As I kept reading in the scripture, Jesus goes on to say this:
"The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started."
John 4:34 The Message
Aha... the food. The food that fills us and brings satisfaction, that not even water can, is actually doing the will of God. Finishing the work He started. You see, He wants us to enter into His courts AND he wants us to live a full satisfied life.
And this. This is so true. When I am doing His will, when I am spreading his love, when I am living my life on purpose, I am satisfied. I don't care where I live or what else I'm doing because I am truly satisfied.
Let's be people who drink the water and eat the bread!
If you're ready for more bread would you join me in the Restless study I mentioned last week?