‘I realised that I'll never find deeply fulfilling satisfaction in the places I'm looking.’
As I read through stories of CU outreach this term, one theme comes up time and time again: satisfaction. Maybe it’s the cold weather and the longing for comfort food, the grad scheme deadlines and the hopes of a dream job, or simply the end of a long term and you can’t wait to get all your essays in and head home: whatever form it takes, we’re all looking for satisfaction.
As you journey with your friends, you’ll find yourself facing very similar highs and lows, hopes and disappointments. We don’t come to Jesus as sorted people – quite the opposite. Jesus says: ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick’ – and we’re all in that boat. We’re all looking for satisfaction in places we won’t find it: relationships, grades, getting a spot on the team or a position on the committee. So as you tread the same paths as your friends, how could you invite them to come to Jesus with you and find satisfaction there?
"Is it possible to find lasting satisfaction?" Chichester CU small groups last night read John chapter 4 and discussed this question. Love using @UncoverJesus to examine the eyewitness evidence of Jesus' life and the life he offers us! #CUnews @chichesterunicu pic.twitter.com/NWqL5ZLdEc— Fearghal Kelly (@Fearghal_Kelly) November 21, 2017
This passage in John’s Gospel shows a woman who is doing her best to find satisfaction. But for whatever reason, it’s impossible – and she knows it. When Jesus speaks about ‘a spring of water welling up to eternal life’, she wants it. She says: ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’ Their conversation continues, and though it spans lifestyle, society and religion, that’s not what captivates her heart: it’s Jesus. She leaves her water jar – the reason she was at the well in the first place – and runs back to her town, saying ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could this be the Messiah?’
Perhaps you have your own story of finding satisfaction in Jesus that you’re absolutely buzzing to share with your friends. One student realised at the first CU meeting of term that satisfaction could be found nowhere else but in Jesus. Having been searching in all the wrong places, his heart had been changed and his life with it! He was desperate to share this life-changing news with his flatmates and friends, and brought them along to another CU meeting a few weeks later. When asked why they’d come, one replied: ‘He’s changed so much, I needed to see what it was all about!’
How does knowing Jesus revolutionise your hopes, desires and goals?
How could you introduce your friends to Jesus and explore his offer of satisfaction together?
Joanna Robertson is an English and History grad who now works with UCCF, where she loves helping to equip students to think about and share their faith.