Polkville Baptist Church
Saturday, August 19, 2017
to know HIM and to make HIM known
 
   
Living Water
Rev. Rick Hamrick
 
 
Our bodies are made up primarily of water.  If you stop drinking water, or fail to get enough water each day it will not take long until you feel bad, and not much longer until you’ll be seeing a doctor.  You’ll hear the diagnosis, “You are dehydrated.”  When our bodies do not have enough fluid (dehydrated) our major organs begin shutting down and our brains cannot function properly.  So, drink plenty of water!
 
The problem is, we can drink plenty of water today and feel very good, but then we must drink plenty of water tomorrow as well or we will begin feeling sick again.  We can never fully satisfy our thirst for water because our need for water never goes away more than temporarily.
 
We are always thirsting for something.  Water of course.  But other things as well.  Adventure?  Possessions?  Relationships? Accomplishment?  Success?  How about “meaning in life?”  We are always thirsting for something.  The problem is, all these things — even water — bring satisfaction only for a short while!  We long for something to satisfy a deep-down thirst in our souls and the more we drink of these earthly things, such as the ones I mentioned above, the thirstier we become.
 
We are in need of something we can’t seem to find; something that life doesn’t seem to provide.  While sitting by a well, talking with a woman who had tried desperately to find satisfaction in life, Jesus said to the woman, “Everyone who drinks this water [referring to the water in the well] will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Instead, the water I give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  (John 4:13-14)
 
What did Jesus mean by this?  Jesus was telling the woman that her constant battle to be satisfied in life had amounted to very little except for the consequences of going to the wrong places for that satisfaction.  He was telling her that there was a source of satisfaction; she just had not found it yet.  He was saying that happiness, contentment, meaning, satisfaction in life can only come from “living water,” and he offered her that living water.  Jesus himself is that Living Water.  Only through Jesus will this life ever mean what it is supposed to mean.  Only though Jesus will this life have purpose.  Only through Jesus will this life bring satisfaction.
 
A little later on Jesus was talking with the religious leaders of his day and he said to them, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”  (John 7:37)
 
Jesus invites you to come to him.  And Polkville Baptist Church exists to point people to Jesus and introduce people to a life lived for Jesus.  This is the only way to finally and forever quench that thirst that is deep down in your soul.  Contact me for more information.  I would love to talk with you.  You can email me personally at the address below, or give me a call.
 
rick@polkvillebaptist.com
704.538.7464