How To Find Internal and Eternal Satisfaction – John 4:1-30

From my reading in John 4:1-30 in the One Year New Testament.

Jesus had an interaction with a woman at a well who was drawing water. As Jesus has a way of doing, he transitioned the conversation from ordinary to spiritual.

Living Water

Jesus asked her for a drink and then said,

“If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10

This spiritual “living water” is the answer to our soul’s longing for satisfaction. St Augustine said,

“Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”

We all have a longing that cannot be satisfied without what Jesus can give us. Without Jesus, Mick Jagger’s song is true, “I can try and try and try and try but ultimately I can’t get no satisfaction!”

We try endless pursuits in order to achieve this satisfaction. Some try other religions and meditation. Some try succeeding in work, or a having a lot of money or a perfect family. Ultimately, all of these things fall short of giving us the satisfaction we are looking for.

Never Thirst Again

The woman questioned his statement because she didn’t realize he was talking spiritually, so Jesus said,

“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13–14

Jesus offers us a satisfaction that is both internal satisfaction now and eternal satisfaction in heaven. 

Internal

The satisfaction that he offers us is like a “fresh, bubbling spring within.” If you have the Holy Spirit inside of you then God gives you a peace that you cannot achieve any other way.

There are moments when we may not experience the emotion of peace, but we can rest assured that one day we will live in perfect peace when we get to heaven!

Eternal

The peace that we will have in heaven will last forever! Any momentary peace and happiness is a glimmer of what we will experience in heaven.

If you have never experienced this thirst-quenching satisfaction Jesus is talking about, then turn from your sin and stop trying to achieve satisfaction your own way. And give your life to Jesus. He died as a substitute for your sins so that you can be made right with God.

Only those who choose to follow Jesus can experience the type of satisfaction Jesus speaks of.

What are you waiting for, take a drink of of the living water and you will experience internal satisfaction now and eternal satisfaction in heaven!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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