Broken Cisterns

My people have committed two sins: 
They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, 
and have dug their own cisterns, 
broken cisterns that cannot hold water
Jeremiah 2:13 NIV

When I read this verse recently, I realized the sins listed are two separate things—and you commit one and not the other. You can find the living water, but if your cistern is broken, you can’t fully contain it. Broken cisterns can never hold water that satisfies. 

For so long I’ve thought the broken cisterns in my life were the really bad things—like pride, anger, greed, or addiction. And they are, certainly. But seemingly innocent things can also be cracked cisterns—Netflix, Instagram, working out, dinner with friends, and perhaps even ministry itself. 

I’m completely convinced that if Satan can’t tempt you into destroying yourself with sin, he’ll try to destroy you with comfort. You’re reading your Bible, praying every once in a while, and regularly going to church. You’ve checked all the right boxes. But perhaps you’re getting just close enough to Jesus to think you know Him, but you haven’t experienced Him fully. We get comfortable. We get complacent. We settle for a mediocre relationship with our Savior, the One who gave His life for us. 

How often do I look forward to time with Jesus over watching another show on Netflix? Do I have more compassion for the characters on This is Us than the actual, living, breathing people God has placed in my life?

It breaks my heart to see this in my own life and the life of other Christians—getting the living water, but having so many broken cisterns we can’t hold onto it. This isn’t a salvation issue—you can be saved but never fully experience the presence of Jesus here on earth. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that. I want Jesus—here, now, every day. 

So here’s my challenge to you: find the broken cisterns in your life. Identify the things you’ve used to replace a fully devoted relationship with Jesus, and commit to not letting them control your soul anymore. 

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