Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13, NIV)
Years ago, I was struck by the compelling lyrics of the song, “Constant Craving” by Edmonton Singer k.d. lang. Using her amazing, plaintive voice, she sings of the fundamental human fact that we all suffer because ” constant craving has always been…”
Even through the darkest phase, be it thick or thin,
Always someone marches brave, here beneath my skin
Constant craving has always been.
This craving is all of our desires both good and bad. Be they lust, greed, self-worth, acceptance, impact, excitement, meaning, connection with God – our desires are all-encompassing, universal and mostly go unsatisfied.
We observe this state in ourselves, our loved ones, employees, suppliers, and colleagues. Who has not walked with someone who has suffered the destructive effect of having given in to the constant craving we all feel? We have all observed broken marriages, uncontrolled addictions, low self-worth and unfulfilled dreams. The un-slaked thirst that these cravings bring can affect employment or even derail careers.
The 19th-century preacher Charles Spurgeon put it well:
“People are in a restless pursuit after satisfaction in earthly things. They will exhaust themselves in the deceitful delights of sin, and, finding them all to be vanity and emptiness, they will become very perplexed and disappointed. But they will continue their fruitless search… They have no forethought for their eternal state; the present hour absorbs them. They turn to another and another of earth’s broken cisterns, hoping to find water, where not a drop was ever discovered yet.”
But the situation is not hopeless – the gospel holds a solution to the human condition.
So, what is the solution to the dilemma we see in ourselves, this ‘spiritual madness’ in our employees, our friends, ourselves? The same solution that Jesus offered the woman at the well:
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)
Sometimes in our desire to have discretion, or to ‘not offend’ we can hold back from sharing our faith in the workplace. But who among us would not offer a drink to a parched, thirsty co-worker? Yet, that is what we do when we are not eagerly sharing our hope and fulfillment in Christ with those who do not yet know Him. Peter encourages us to, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (I Peter 3:15).
All around you are people staggering forward turning to the earth’s broken cisterns of entertainment, diversion, and materialism. They have no forethought of their eternal state, yet they stagger forward, thirsting for fulfillment. If you know Christ, you have had your thirst for meaning, fulfillment, and purpose quenched by the living water that only Christ can provide.
If you know someone caught up in constant craving, would you prayerfully consider how you might play a part in guiding that person to discover Christ?
John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca