Monday, January 11, 2021

Checking Off the Bucket List - Martin Wiles

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket, she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?” John 4:11 NLT

Sometimes, when you look for a bucket, you get a well.

A bucket list. Often, those who have them have received horrific medical news. They will soon die, so they make a list of things they’d like to do before they die.

I’ve not received a death sentence from a doctor, but I do have things I’d like to accomplish before I die. Such as living in the mountains. As my retirement nears, my wife and I are planning how we might swing this item on my bucket list. I’d also like to visit Europe, especially Germany. And I’d also like to meet in person the friends I have who live far away. Such as my missionary friend in India and my pastor friend in Africa.

The woman at the well had a bucket list too. She tired of coming to the well every day to draw water. Neither did she enjoy coming at the hottest part of the day, but her reputation dictated it. She also had a greater thirst than the physical one that haunted her daily. Dead-end relationships seemed her lot in life.

Jesus told her how she could check her need off her bucket list: accept Him and receive living water that would eternally quench her thirst. Fortunately, she drank and checked all those items off her bucket list.

Some things everyone needs on their bucket list—whether they received frightening medical news or not. After all, we’re all going to die, or our earthly lives will end at Jesus’ Second Coming.

One is to experience satisfaction regardless of life’s situations. We can because Jesus controls them.

Another involves knowing Jesus better. We should never be satisfied where we are in our spiritual walk.

A third entails loving others more than we do ourselves. A selfless attitude.

A fourth includes witnessing of God’s goodness to others, as the woman did after she drank from Jesus’ well.

A fifth requires using the spiritual gifts and natural talents God gives us to serve Him and others.

A final entails being a source of life for others.

Drinking of Jesus’ living water puts a well inside of us that will never empty. It will keep us satisfied—with enough left over to share with others.

Let your well be a source of life for others.

Prayer: Father, may we be the source that creates a bottomless well in others.

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