Genesis 2:7 (AMP) – 7 Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.
We were formed from the mud and the mire. God alone gave us breath and our lives are but a moment in celestial time, yet we still have purpose. We breath air given to us by a Heavenly Father, we eat food from all of creation given to us by the Father, we live in homes created out of material things from the earth given to us by the Father, yet we constantly change. We are always seeking self-satisfaction…and for what?
James 1:17 (NIV) – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
We are constantly in motion, changing our behaviors, changing our minds, changing locations, changing jobs, changing EVERYTHING…BUT GOD never changes. My whole life I have been seeking and looking and moving to satisfy my own selfish desires. For the first time in my natural life do I finally feel as if I am doing something completely outside of myself for others, and it is the most free I have ever felt.
Last night, the Woman of God came to speak to us at Jacob’s Well about Jacob’s Well and I tossed and turned and could not sleep for the prayers that were being lifted up for the women who slept nearby. Something was said during that devotion that moved in my spirit so profoundly that I nearly fell to my knees right before everyone.
The Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well in the book of John, Chapter 4, represents all the women at the Jacob’s Well I currently reside at. She came looking for something natural, if only she could fill her jug with water. Yet, Jesus told her all about herself and loved her through her evident sin and pain and there was no doubt in her mind that she had been in the presence of God. In all my journeys, I sought things in the natural. I went from one thing to another, always looking for things to attain my short life on earth and it was all in vain. Here’s what got me last night…Joann said that before the Samaritan woman left the well to spread the news of the Messiah, she dropped her water jug.
John 4:28-30 (AMP) – 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went away to the town. And she began telling the people, 29 Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be [is not this] the Christ? [Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?] 30 So the people left the town and set out to go to Him.
She DROPPED the one thing she went for because she was filled in the Spirit. She no longer desired the things of the world! This woman who had been a harlot, who had invested all her time unwisely, who had become someone to be pushed aside and mocked, had come to see the Living God in person and her life was forever changed. People believed her IMMEDIATELY and went looking for Jesus themselves. What would happen if we only dropped and allowed to shatter the things that seem to matter to us the most? What if we left those things at the feet of Jesus in their broken state and allowed Him to heal our hearts instead? What would happen if we listened to God when He spoke to us and told us who we were and took heed? What would happen if we left behind the things that so easily entangled so that we could truly get all we could out of the life we have been GIVEN by only following Him and seeking Him and bringing others to HIM and not to ourselves?
I am NOTHING without God. I have nothing without God. I survive only because of God. He has given me everything and now I have an opportunity to give back and use my past life as a living testimony to bring others into the Light of Truth, however painful it may be. When I return to the dust from which we came, as we all will, I want to leave a legacy and not a mess.
Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (NASB) – 6 Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; 7 then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.