Cistern — (noun) A tank for storing water
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The gift we receive from, and in, Christ is eternally sufficient. It quenches all thirst and is endless in its supply. This is made available, through his grace, to those who call on his name. It is the MOST incredible gift!
It seems so strange that we would ever want anything else. And yet that's exactly the situation we often find ourselves in. We, in our sinful nature, crave what are temporary solutions to our indelible thirst because, in our minds, they seem somehow more fulfilling. We look to the likes of relationships, wealth, careers, education or even ministry positions to fill our cups.
The issue though isn't in the relationships themselves. And there is nothing inherently evil about obtaining wealth, succeeding in our careers and having an education. We also know for certain that a desire to serve the church in ministry is beautiful and honorable.
The problem, then, is that if these desires take the place of desiring Christ... If they become our priority and our focus, we will simply find ourselves thirsty once again, looking for another fix.
Christ alone is the source of eternal satisfaction.
Everything outside of Him is but a broken cistern.
“For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
We make for ourselves an imitation, a placebo and move from one to the other aware that none of our attempts hold any real sustenance.
Jesus is all you need. He is, in fact, MORE than enough. This is good news! Let's seek Jesus Christ above all else.
A church that is getting their fill from Jesus Christ is a church that is truly free, without agenda, to share the love of Christ with those around them. Because we have a 'spring of water' within us we can truly be a blessing to our community, a community that desperately needs to see and hear THIS message.
Drinking from any other source may keep us from death, BUT! it is Christ that truly gives us life.