Last spring we had an
open gym after school for the middle school students. Fifty students came, even in the
midst of track tryouts, choir and band concerts taking place at the same time. The first
hour, we did a rotation of silly games. Then a student introduced our main speaker who
shared this talk relating to where we find our satisfaction. It was great. The students
were attentive and five students indicated decisions for Christ. Several others said they
wanted to get involved in the weekly Bible studies. This is a fun talk!
JESUS SAID TO HER,
EVERYONE WHO DRINKS OF THIS WATER SHALL THIRST AGAIN; BUT WHOEVER DRINKS OF THE
WATER THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM WILL NEVER THIRST . . . John 4:13-14
Big plastic jar
Shows a void in life.
|Large pitcher of
water to fill the jar
||The living water,
Jesus, fills all the empty areas.
||We try to look
Ken doll or
|We fill our need
for love with boy/girl friends.
|We try to fill our
needs with fun.
|We look to sports
Empty beer can
|We look to parties
for a source of fun and acceptance.
Drivers license or Matchbox car
|A car and license
give us freedom.
Clothing for girls/ CD music for guys
|We try to fill our
emptiness with things.
|We fill our need
for acceptance by excelling.
|Picture of you and
||We fill our need
for acceptance with popularity.
HOW TO USE
Work your way though the
talk, placing each prop in the big plastic jar. As you go through the list of props and
explain their significance, your jar will become full, but not entirely. The jar becomes
completely full when you fill it with water, signifying the living water that completely
I have something to show
you. (Show the empty plastic jar) There is a French philosopher named Pascal who stated
that, Theres a vacuum in the heart of every man thats made to be filled
. . .
We have a vacuum or
emptiness in our lives that we are trying to fill. This jar represents our lives.
1. Barbie Doll
We spend a lot of time on ourselves and are focused on how we look. Some of you get up for
school 2 hours early to make sure you look just right. Then one day you think you look
great, yet you find theres still an emptiness.
2. Ken Doll or Heart:
So then you think, youll be so happy if you just get the perfect boyfriend. Say you
start dating this wonderful guy and you think youre really in love. Hes stolen
your heart! Then one day you notice he starts to spend a lot of time with your best friend
and they begin to leave you out. This isnt what you were expecting. So there is
still the space in your life.
So forget the guys. You turn to your sport (or band or club) and aim for metros,
districts, and state. You work really hard and you even make the championships. Yet you
wake up the next morning and youre still the same person.
So you think, well, Ill just make good grades this semester. You study and make all
A's. Your parents are so proud of you, so you want to continue to make good grades. You
want to get into the best college after you graduate and get an awesome job. Yet, you feel
there has still got to be something more.
You cant wait until youre 16, then you can drive! Your parents even told you
theyd get you a great car. You love it for a couple of months and then you start
getting used to being your friends taxi driver. Its not so much fun anymore.
So you try to fill the space with something else. How about the mall? Theres always
something cool there. You find a new outfit that your friends like so much they want to
borrow it. But after you wear it a few times, it becomes old and the
excitement wears off.
7. Beer Can:
Then you want to see what partying is all about. You go to this party where
all the upperclassmen and cute guys are. You and everyone else have a bit too much to
drink. The guys you met dont even remember meeting you Monday at school. And of
course, your parents find out and you get into trouble. Its not quite all you
thought, especially the getting sick part.
If only you had a ton of friends and were popular. But, then you spend all of your time
trying to look and be popular and you dont really even have much fun.
Your family is going on a dream vacation. Its all youve been thinking of for
weeks. But as soon as you get there, everyone starts getting grouchy and arguing. You
never seem to stop fighting. You cant wait until school starts so you can just
Theres still an
emptiness, even after weve filled our life with all these thingsgood and bad.
Earlier I told you a quote
from Pascal, but I left something out. He said, Theres a God-shaped vacuum in
the heart of every man which only God can fill through His son, Jesus Christ. We are
all looking for meaning and purpose to our lives, but many times we look in all the wrong
places. The things we do may feel good for a while, but the feeling will always go away
and leave us with that empty feeling again.
Jesus says in John 4,
I am the source of all living water. Whoever drinks the water I give him will never
thirst, but will be satisfied.
We have a thirst only God
can fill (pour water to fill the jar) and Jesus completely fills all the empty places.
Our desire is to help you
learn how Jesus can fill the gaps in your life and give you the satisfaction you want. It
is possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus, where He will daily fill your
needs. This is how you can know Him personally.
Four Spiritual Laws or the Knowing God Personally gospel presentation)
When giving the above
talk, make sure to personalize it. Use the items most relevant to your audience (dating,
grades, parties, etc.), and give personal examples. Have fun and pray for the