A HUNGER FOR MORE

Jesus meets this woman at the well in Sychar

This is in Samaritan country …
Samaritans were half-breeds – the offsprings of Jew married to Gentile
Samaritans were considered of less value than the family dog
Samaritans worshipped the same God but did so on a mountain – not inJerusalem
Jews did not speak to Samaritans but Jesus had chosen to travel through Samaria when it would have been easier and shorter to simply go around it as Jews usually did
Let’s read the story:

John 4:3-14 “Jesus left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 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 woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
The woman comes to draw water out of the ancient well that her forefather, Jacob, had built
Jesus sees her and says, “If you drink the water that comes out of this earthly well, you are going to become thirsty again”
The message for today:
If we drink the waters of this world, whatever they may be:
Power, entertainment, material wealth, safety, security, comfort, job security, popularity, whatever …
They will leave us thirsty again – our deep, inner thirst will return
Eventually we will come to realize that this “whatever” does not satisfy and does not fill that deep longing inside
The Lord went on to say to her:
“But if you drink the water that I shall give, you will never thirst again”
When I was first saved …
I could relate to the first part of Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman
Once I tasted life in Christ, all temporary pursuits lost their spice – their draw – their attraction
They become bland, wooden, unfulfilling, pointless
I had found a new well from which to drink, and it dramatically changed the direction of my life
Isaiah 12:3 “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
However, were I being honest with myself – and with you – meeting Jesus didn’t quench my thirst entirely
It actually produced a greater thirst and a greater hunger within
A hunger and thirst for more of Jesus
More understanding of who He is
More revelation of what He actually accomplished on the cross
A deeper more constant experience of His love
A greater grasp of His wisdom and understanding
To see things the way He sees them
To share His heart for the lost, the least, and the last
And, that hunger and thirst has never left me…
42 years later I can honestly say I have a greater thirst and hunger than ever before inside …
A hunger and thirst that, at times, is so powerful that it almost hurts
There is inside of me a hunger and a thirst for more of Him
It has never left me since the night I met Jesus / November 9, 1976
It has motivated me many different times to change, to grow, to obey Him as a believer, to risk, to move ahead without knowing the details, to minister
To walk by faith and not by sight.        (2 Corinthians 5:7)
To walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh      (Galatians 5:16)
I am more hungry and thirsty today than I was before I met Him – before I began my walk with Him
The hunger and the thirst for more of Jesus are constant companions on the journey I have been on now for 4 decades
And, there are seasons when they are more evident than at other times
Right now – being one of those seasons
I have come to a conclusion:
If you get a glimpse of Jesus – the real Jesus
If you see Him in all of His majesty and glory
If you have an encounter with Him – a life-changing encounter with His love
Isaiah – Chapter 6 in the temple
James and John when Jesus calls them to leave their fishing business
Peter when He realized who Jesus really was – the Messiah
Paul when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus
When you seriously and truly encounter God – Something is going to happen to you
You will be wrecked
On the one hand, you are not going to thirst for the things of this world
But, there is going to be another hunger and other thirst that is born within you
You will thirst again
But that thirst is going to be for more of Christ
And, that thirst will never go away and will only grow greater and deeper as the days and decades go by IF…
To sum up what Jesus was saying to the woman at the well in Sychar:
He will remove your thirst, not by taking away your need for water, but by showing you a new well which will never run dry and a new “water” that you will always desire more of
Over my 41 years of knowing Jesus I live with a tension – a constant tension
On the one hand, I’m satisfied – Jesus Christ has quenched my thirst
On the other hand, I live with a constant thirst for more
A constant hunger for more
This hunger has seasons …
This hunger is especially noticeable when I am around someone who has a walk with the Lord that exceeds mine
Is deeper than mine
I read a specific writer and see that they have found what I am seeking more of
Watchman Nee
Leonard Sweet
Brennan Manning
Frank Viola
Alan Hirsch
When I find such a person – I become like a student – a sponge ready to soak up more of God
There is a point to all of this – and it is that:
Hunger is a sign of life!
If you are not hungry, one of two things is going on
1> You are dead
2> You need to be admitted to the ICU because you are in a coma
True for physical hunger / True for spiritual hunger OR lack thereof
In my experience – a lot of those who call themselves Christians are satisfied with what is
Safe – secure – comfortable
I see little spiritual hunger and thirst among a lot of believers…
It is apparent that many are suffering from spiritual apathy and lethargy
“Huston, we have a problem…”
Question I am asked: “How do I get hungry for the Lord?”
My answer is simple:
Seek first the Kingdom – priorities
Ask God to create the hunger and thirst in your life / heart
Read the Scriptures as they will bring greater hunger
Remember all that He has already done
Be expectant – anticipating
Get around Christians who are hungry for the Lord
Spiritual hunger is contagious
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise.”
I believe that principle can be applied to many areas of life
“He who walks with hungry people will become hungry”
“He who walks with dishonest people will be dishonest”
“He who walk with those who deeply love God will love God”
In short: We typically become the very people we hang out with
Perhaps Paul had this in mind when he wrote:
“Do not be deceived; evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
The first century Christians were fanatics
Fanatic: Someone who loves Jesus more than you do
Many of our Christian forefathers in the first century were fanatics
They lived and died for their faith
The apostles were ultra fanatics
Those men were driven by a God who burned within them
They had a passion – a fire – an inner drive – a ‘compelling’
They were unstoppable
They were utterly consumed with Jesus Christ and His ultimate purpose
So much so that they were stapled, bent, mutilated, pulverized, stomped on, and steam-rolled repeatedly
Yet they got right back up again and put their hands to the plough and did not look back  (Luke 9:62)
They considered it all joy when they were persecuted for their faith in Jesus (James 1:2)
The only way they could be stopped is if someone killed them
And, for many of the believers, that eventually happened
By contrast, I see Christians today who don’t seem to have any spiritual pulse whatsoever
They appear blissfully content to own their own fire insurance policy – their “get out of jail free” card
They have no spiritual hunger or thirst beyond their conversion
Presumably, their eyes have never been open to see Him
Because when you see Him … even a glimpse of Him … something happens to you that you can’t easily get over and you can never forget – WRECKED
Seeing Him physically
Encountering Him spiritually
Galatians 1:16a “…(God) was pleased to reveal his Son to me…”
For me, being born again (saved) was simply the next step – one step – in the journey we call the Christian faith
It was not a destination but simply a step in a long journey
  • A journey where we are to be constantly looking for more of Jesus
  • A journey where we are regularly changing and becoming more like Jesus
  • A journey where we always walk closely with others in the family of God
  • A journey where we have an accountability partner to walk closely with us
  • A journey where we break through to a higher and deeper expression of faith
  • A journey where the hunger and thirst are never satisfied…
Deep inside me there is a ‘heart cry’ that says: “There’s got to be more to the Lord, to the Christian faith, and to the Church than this.”
Deep inside I know that there is something very wrong with contemporary Christianity / Church
Deep inside me there is a push and a pain because I know I need to break free from the tyranny of the status quo – business as usual
Deep inside I see a third alternative that is yet to be experienced in most Christian’s lives
There are two alternatives that dominate Christian culture and the Church
1> Spiritual complacency
2> Performance-based religiosity
Deep inside I see a third alternative – a deeper journey with Jesus that transforms us and through us changes the world
A higher and deeper daily expression of the faith
Deep inside there is a recognition that modern-day Christianity is ten miles wide and one inch deep
And that I want a Christianity that digs below the surface and moves beyond the shallows
Deep inside I hunger and thirst for a more of the real Jesus who is a radical revolutionary who came to establish a powerful Kingdom – an alternative to the ways of the world and the worldly
What are you hungry for?
What do you focus on during your average day?
Where is Jesus in your priorities?
Are you comfortable with your faith or are you seeking for more?
Is there a deep hunger and thirst for more or are you coasting or even drifting?
For the next step in your journey with Jesus and hungering for more of Him …
See the teaching: “Road Signs On the Christian Journey” posted on this web site.