It explored his "well" image with these meanings:
W – represents the work of Christ and how that deals with the sin of our selfishness.
E – points us to the energy of God and our Prayer life.
L – explains His Lordship and our allegience to God above everything in our life.
and the final L – stands for God's Love: the unconditional, unstoppable, overwhelming love of God in Jesus Christ. …The love that works in us and carries us into the world.
This W-E-L-L image is a simple way to remember the basics of the Christian faith.
The Work of Christ addresses our Sin and the way we pull away from God in so many ways. It allows us in our self-centeredness to come home, just as we are, into God's love, to begin the spiritual journey of life and growth with Jesus.
The Energy of the Holy Spirit comes to us through Prayer and allows us to be filled with the strength and power of God. All things become possible with God's power and presence.
The Lordship of Christ gives us the direction and insight needed to live this life as we place God in the very center of our lives, moving our own agenda and plans aside as we seek our God's future.
And we do all this in the unstoppable and unmerited Love of God. A love that carries us not only into the corners of our heart, but also into the world in outreach and service to the needs we see around us.
It's a powerful combination of insights that frame our Christian life.
Now we come back to this central biblical image: the woman at the well found in the Gospel of John, chapter 4.
She was a woman coming alone to the well in the noon-day heat. She seems to be an outcast from her village, a woman who for one reason or another as had five husbands and now is living with a man who is not her husband.
In that day and age, it marked her as an outsider even in the village of her birth.
"Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’
15The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’" (John 4:13-15)
We have been exploring that living water that Jesus offers us and now it's time to ask ourselves a few questions. I invite you to take a few moments, ponder and reflect on these questions in a "letter to God…"
1) "I've realized that I've been "thirsty" and "soul-parched" about…… _________.
Where are the cracked and parched places in my life that need the living waters of Christ?
2) The most refreshing experience I've had with Christ was when I _______________.
Have you had a time of closeness with Christ? If not, how would you see such a "touch" happening in your life?
3) Starting Tomorrow the next season in my life begins. I want to remember it for the way I was changed in __________________.
As you live into the future, how would you like to remember this day, this time in your life? What significant decisions will you make? What actions will you take?
4) The "holy passion" that God is calling me to seems to be: _____________.
What is the place God is putting on your heart to be engaged with God's mission and kingdom? What skills and graces has God given you and how are you going to put them into action?
After you spend time with these questions, now consider the following questions as a letter FROM God.
"Dear ________________ (please fill in your name.)
I deeply appreciate your ____________________________.
My hope for you is ________________________________.
I pray that you will work on your _____________________.
I will be with you always. Will you be with me?
in the great love I've given you in Jesus.
It you want, place this letter in a sealed enveloped stamped and addressed to yourself.
Give that letter to a friend or relative and ask them to mail it to you in 4-6 months.
By then, this day will have passed into memory and it will come as a unique gift from God in the middle of the Christmas rush.
Or simply keep these questions around. They are worthy to be revisited often.
What do you think? How do you respond to these thoughts and insights?