9Dec

drink Him in . . . and never thirst again

But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4:14, NIV

When the Samaritan woman approached Jesus at the well she was puzzled. This stranger tinkered with the cultural protocol.

Why was this Jew on Samaritan ground and why was he talking to a woman?

How did he so confidently cut straight through the world’s definition of acceptable?

Because He wasn’t of this world. And she knew it when she asked Him how He dared ask her for a drink. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” His thoughts were radically different, His ways extraordinary and His compassion, unusual to say the least. Jesus looked into the woman’s heart instead of at her rap sheet.

Married five times?

Living with a man she’s not wed to?

C’mon, let the judgment games begin!

But Jesus wasn’t going there. He concerned himself more with her eternal soul than with the poor decisions of her past.

As you tell a thirsty world about the eternal waters of salvation, let’s follow Jesus’ radical lead. Let’s look at hearts first and abundantly share the living water.

Tweet, post or share this truth today:

God is more concerned with your heart than with your past. #LiveSticky

What are you thirsting for?


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  • http://www.justachick.com dedra herod

    striving to look hearts today instead of words and actions.. hearts first.

  • Toni

    It’s a full time job not to judge by a post or a picture when you spend a lot of time online. I’m constantly telling myself “Toni, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Not the holiest self-talk, I know, but it keeps my rascal mind at bay. :) Thanks for spurring us on Dedra!

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  • Tami Heim

    Dedra – My heart check is “Lord help me see them as you see them – let me love them as you love them.” God always seems instant when it comes answering that one!

    Toni – I am certainly bias – but I love the God-designed rascal in you! Holy wreckage rocks.

  • Tami Heim

    Dedra – My heart check is “Lord help me see them as you see them – let me love them as you love them.” God always seems instant when it comes answering that one!

    Toni – I am certainly bias – but I love the God-designed rascal in you! Holy wreckage rocks.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Thirsting for more of Him and am so glad His well does not run dry.

    Thirsting to see and love with His eyes and His heart.

    Thirsting to hear Toni laugh. 😀

  • http://www.leadershiptraQ.com Mick Ukleja

    Wow! Combine this encounter with His story of the “lost coin…lost sheep…lost son”, and it levels the playing field. Bad behavior and misadventures are overwhelmed by his unconditional love. In fact…that spurs me on to live for him.

  • Tami Heim

    Mick – we are spurred on with you! Thanks for sharing. #LiveSticky

  • Tami Heim

    Sandy – I will make sure I tape her with audio this afternoon and send it to YOU! LYI.

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    I’m thirsting for love and compassion. I want to be marked with that. I want my words and actions to reflect the character of Christ…online and off.

  • Tami Heim

    Tony – God never wastes a willing heart and the scripture tells us that the love of Christ compels us. Compassion can’t help but follow His love. He drenched me with both the first day I walked the streets of Jeremie, Haiti. Open your arms wide – when you thirst for those things – you will be soaked.

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