good morning and welcome. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insights, uh contentment is defined as the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are. And the doctrine of contentment, especially with regards to worldly things and comfort is one entrenched deeply in Christianity, remember that in the commandments there is that commandment that says do not convert. Ah so, but the fact is we never seem to stop craving for more. The sad fact however, is that some of us have shifted the focus of contentment to our faith. You are born again, You avoid sinning your fellowship regularly and that's it. But as we continue talking about launching into the deep things here, I want us to address this issue of contentment in our faith and I want us to read from john 7 37 to 39 which says that on the last day, that great day of the feast, jesus stood and cried out, saying if anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink, he who believes in me as the scripture has said out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
But this, he spoke concerning the spirit whom those believing in him would receive for the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not glorified, wow! The feast of the Tabernacles, let me just explain here lasted for eight days and the last day was the conclusion of the feast and as it happened, it was the last feast that jesus would attend and the last time he would talk to most of those in attendance before his crucifix. Ation. Water was used to be poured out at the altar for the first seven days in the memory of their time in the wilderness when God provided water for them. But at the end of this ritual, jesus christ out, if anyone busts, let him come to me and drink. And you see jesus is telling them.
I know what the ritual means to you, I know what it reminds you of. But there is more for those who dust for more their flaws more from me than what you're used to fetching from the pool of Siloam Oh, arm to pour out at the altar. You know, they could only do so much from what they they were fetching at the pool. But he invites them to himself to drink from where there is evidence from the source that would make them sources of this living water. He was crying out to them to stop settling for the pool of water to stop settling for the average when there is so much more. And this is the same cry. I want to resound in our minds this year, that we don't have to settle for simply being born again avoiding sin and going to church.
There is that there is more to our faith than that, that it is possible to get closer to God to have a more intimate relationship with God than we are used to. There is more in jesus than we are used to, a constant flow, a fullness of grace, a fullness of spirit that we cannot get unless we go looking for it. You know, Jesus had spent his ministry going to them feeding and teaching them that he was now calling those who are willing to another stage of the relationship, a stage that called for action from their side for them to now go looking for them to seek more than they were used to. And this is the same cry the spirit is making to us today, to seek more of him to desire more to scratch more than the service, to launch deeper into the relationship we have with jesus, because we cannot afford to be contented with being average with God when there is so much more and even higher levels to this relationship than we have reached with us for more.
May we seek more of him in jesus, mighty name, this is Pastor lucid Painter with your daily insights and this is launching deeper day for shallow