“A craving is a desire for something
A hunger is a desire for something we need”
- make 2 lists:
-What are things you crave?
-What are things you hunger after?
- how can we satisfy our hunger instead of indulging in our cravings
- When was a time that you indulge in a craving but came out of it more dissatisfied than when you came?
- what can you lay down this week to trade for something better?
Read : John 4:1-18
Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”17 “I have no husband,” she replied.Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
The Woman that Jesus found at the well was craving water and internally was struggling with her craving for sexual immorality. Once she met Jesus and discovered that he was the solution to her overall hunger she threw her water jugs to the ground and went running to tell the town of her new found savior. She traded her cravings for the love and relationship that Jesus offered, satisfying the true hunger beneath her cravings.
Put yourself in this narrative
- What would you be craving as you approached the well?
- What would your initial emotions and thoughts be as Jesus unmasked that craving
- Would it be an easy or difficult choice to leave your water jugs at the well knowing what you are leaving them behind for?
Make The Change
unmask the lie of the craving:
- identify your cravings
- make physical choices to not indulge in them throughout the week… (aka: put the chips DOWN!)