Darlene Zschech on Living with an Eternal Perspective
We all know the story of “The Woman at the Well”—the woman Jesus spoke to as they had a conversation about truthful worship. The story where He found her as a society outcast, and where through His heart of love for her, He broke down the chains around her heart which had held her captive for so long.
But interestingly, in verse 2 we find the story beginning in a city of Samaria called Sychar, near where Jacob (father of the famous multi-colored-coat wearing Joseph) had built this well. It was here, all these years later, that Jesus, weary from His journey, sat by the well. He sat to rest and then prepared to refresh Himself with water from the well. And He started His conversation with the nameless woman…
Think about this: long before this miracle-filled scenario came to be, around the 12th century B.C. Jacob and his men did the hard work of digging, preparing, and finding the water source to establish a deep well that would bring literal refreshment to those coming long after their days were over—even to Jesus Himself.
I am sure at the time, Jacob would never have realized that the good work he was doing for his family and the communities around would become the backdrop for one of the most important conversations in the Bible. I find it amazing…that this is where the worship discussions start to flow.
ANY decision you make today has some sort of effect on your future. Most of the time, it feels like the small decisions we make every day will have little-to-no effect on our lives, but all those small moments put together make up something far greater that will always have its expression in our future.
Here is the beautiful ending to this story. This woman had made SO many poor decisions in her life and yet here came Jesus, always the same, always forgiving and restoring, the same yesterday, today, and forever. This woman’s life ended up impacting a whole city, and it all started at a well, dug SO long before this moment by someone living a life that was about much more than himself and impacting so many people for eternity.
We’ve all made poor decisions in our lives—I certainly have made my fair share. So what do we do? Remember an eternal perspective. Understand that the love of God is not fickle or unsure, and His grace is robust and deep. The Father is always ready to welcome us home and set us straight…because our lives matter, our decisions matter. He desires us to walk this Kingdom life out with Him, as His love impacts us at the core of our being—in turn impacting those around us.
And one last thought: living with an eternal perspective will also change the way you view suffering.
These days have been very tough for so many. I for one have found it a profound honor to lead worship in this season, as in God’s presence I see the thirsty come to the well of life and take a deep drink of Living Water, the only thing that will truly satisfy.
Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.Psalm 16:10–11
This is our future hope. I often find myself saying, “Thank God this life is not all there is.”
Our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the glory that will be revealed in us.Romans 8:18
Jesus will return to establish “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1). There will be no more crying, and there will be no more pain and suffering. An eternal perspective.
When I was sick, one of the great prayer warriors of our church came and spoke to me about eternity, about heaven, and prayed with me that the fear of death would no longer cause my heart to break, but would cause my faith to rise.
I pray that in this next season, rather than being caught in the temporal, we will allow our eyes to be fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Lead worship where people get a taste of heaven, as eternity in our hearts is fuel for a purpose-filled life here and now.
With so much love,
If you read history you will find that the Christians
who did most for the present world were precisely
those who thought most of the next.
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