Introduction: Jeremiah “the weeping prophet …”
“My people have done two evils: They have turned away from [abandoned; forsaken] me, the spring [fountain] of living water. And they have dug their own wells [cisterns], which are broken wells [cisterns] that cannot hold water [the idols, like the wells, are useless]. (Jeremiah 2:13 EXB)
1. They turned away, abandoned God, the source of living water.
2. They dug for themselves broken wells/cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
What broken wells/cracked cisterns have you dug in your life?
According to Howard Clinebell, Ph.D., founder of the Institute of Religion and Wholeness at Claremont School of Theology, there are seven dimensions of whole-person growth:
1. Interpersonal-institutional/natural environments: intentionally deepen the enjoyment of nature and natural settings
2. Mental: increase mental fitness/creative thought processes via reading, problem solving, writing, artistic expression
3. Physical: practice better hydration, nutrition, exercise, rest
4. Spiritual: maturing one’s relationship with God
5. Relational/social: cultivate and nurture maturing love in families and close relationships
6. Recreational: learning to enjoy playfulness and humor
7. Vocational/educational: discovering a viable sense of purpose and meaning in our work/education
Where are you digging wells now?
Jesus replied, “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.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” (John 4:13-15 NLT)
1. What do you think this woman was really thirsty for?
2. What am I thirsty for?
We are hard-wired by God for relationship, connection, and community.
“You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.” (Exodus 34:14 NLT)
“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:11 NLT)
Two critical wells for us to dig are:
1. A deep relationship with God, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
2. A deep relational connection to others, a sense of community.
In John 7:38-39 (NLT), Jesus promises living water:
Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) (John 7:38-39 NLT)
The best help for digging these two wells is the Holy Spirit.
“But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” (John 14:26 CEV)