by Rick Warren — March 14, 2021
From The Seven Greatest Words of Love
“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
John 4:13-14 (NLT)
If you’re like most people, you’re always looking around, trying to find something to make your life happy and significant. You think, “If I could just wear this kind of clothes, then I’d be cool. If I could just have plastic surgery and get this fixed, then life would be grand. If I could just get this job, I’d be satisfied.”
The pursuit of these things leaves you exhausted because these things will never really satisfy you.
The Bible says, “My people have done two evils: They have turned away from me, the spring of living water. And they have dug their own wells, which are broken wells that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13 NCV).
Not only have you rejected God and not looked to him to meet all your needs and satisfy your life—you’re also trying to meet your needs on your own. The wells you’ve dug—called a career, good looks, or the perfect house—aren’t going to hold water.
In John 4:13-14, Jesus says, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (NLT).
Sin is addictive. It only makes you thirstier! If you don’t believe that, ask anybody who’s looked at pornography—once is not enough. If you are addicted to prescription medication, one pill is never enough. If you have a problem with anger, you’re not going to lash out just once. Sin creates greater thirst for satisfaction.
That’s how it is with every pursuit outside of Jesus. It will only leave you thirstier than you were before!
But Jesus offers living water that will permanently satisfy your thirst.
If you feel unsatisfied with your life, you’re spiritually thirsty. And the only one who can quench that thirst is Jesus.