“Where’s Your Bucket?”
John’s Gospel contains a story about Jesus and a woman from Samaria that reminds of us our deep human need for God. As the story goes, Jesus is passing through Samaria and stops by a well to rest. A Samaritan woman comes along and in the course of their conversation, Jesus tells her about living water. Then the woman says to him: “Sir, you have no bucket and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
Where do we find living water that satisfies our thirst for God?
Christianity’s answer, of course, is Jesus. But we need to remember that most people—including a lot of well meaning Christians—are into sampling other wells. And there are plenty of them out there to test, There are wells that promise fame (any wonder that American Idol and its friends are so popular?); fortune (from whatever’s the latest investment scheme); health and beauty (see diet fads and cosmetic ads); pleasure (why is the erotic 50 Shades of Grey so popular?); and more.
These wells are shallow and easy to reach. You don’t even need a bucket to draw from these lifeless waters. But they’re popular in a culture where we’re not feelin’ the love. Country singer Jimmy Lee sang this song years ago but it’s still true; we’re:
“lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
lookin’ for love in too many faces;
searchin’ their eyes, lookin’ for traces,
of what I’m dreamin’ of.”
If you’re like the Samaritan woman who was dreaming of love and acceptance, you’ve brought your bucket to right place. Jesus said:
“Everyone who drinks of this water [from the well] will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
When we dream of a love that will stand the test of time (and eternity) we’ve no farther to look than into the face of Jesus, to search his eyes for God’s love. So whether you are a seasoned Christian or young in the faith, let’s all go back and draw from the living water that is the true source of life.
I want to challenge all of us to go deeper with God this year—to read the Bible more often, join a Bible Study, spend more time in prayer, and worship, worship worship! This is how we grow in the love and knowledge of God, and grow closer to God and each other.
And don’t forget to bring your bucket.