If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water. John 4:10 NLT
John, the apostle, tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. As this narrative unfolds, one could think that her future had less promise because of the sordid details of her past. It's not so; this woman's future would now intersect with the One who could satisfy the longings of her life.
There are so many demands on us as women; we are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, pastors, executives, friends, mentors, motivators, and the list goes on. The more we accomplish, the more doors open to a higher level of expectation. It's a never-ending cycle. Until we allow Jesus to fill those voids, we will continue to experience the feeling that more will never be enough. We have drunk from the well of success, still thirsty, from the well of higher learning, and other wells of accomplishment and yet, we're always thirsty.
The more we have, the less satisfied we are. The more we get, the more we want. It's never enough. As the kids say today, "We are always thirsty; we are desperate!" The woman at the well said she didn't have a husband, Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband." This woman still had a longing that had not yet been quenched.
All of us desire to see our lives and our ministries flourish. We keep doing and adding, and it never seems to be enough. We develop program after program trying to be relevant to millennials, career women, baby boomers, and more. We keep coming up short. Why? Because what is needed is not a program! People need the Lord!
Jesus provides a life-giving answer so that we will not thirst again. I am so excited for the opportunity to watch and see what will spring forth when we partake of the living water. Allow this theme to be more than inspiration for a women's day or state meeting. Let this thesis move you to a mindset of Jesus; Jesus alone. Invite Him into your planning first, and watch what once was difficult or in decline bring forth new life.
My prayer as we journey through this theme is that we will allow this living water to take away the desire of the temporary. I pray that those things that validate us and our ministries in the moment will be replaced by eternal things. The Samaritan woman dared to believe she could have a new life and invited folk to join her.
There are many questions we will ask as we begin to plan and strategize for the new year. How will we grow our ministries? How will we reach a targeted population? What can we do to impact and change lives? Let’s follow the example of the Samaritan woman who was offered living water and say to everyone we encounter, "Come, see a Man!"