Drawing from the Living Water
Scientists have determined that water is an essential building block of life. In fact, nearly 60% of the adult human body is made up of water. While we can survive a month without food, we simply can’t go more than three days without water. In other words, water is vital for all life and as humans, we are crucially dependent on it for our own survival. But while it’s an undisputed fact that humans can’t live without water, many of us are lacking the most important kind of water—the Living Water that only Jesus can give to us.
"But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
John 4 recounts the well-known Biblical account of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus makes an intentional pitstop in Samaria to offer an “unworthy” woman a seemingly impossible kind of “water”—one that quenches all thirst. Jesus asks the woman for a drink from Jacob’s well, a spring-fed well established by Jacob the patriarch that has supplied life-giving water to many generations. But here, Jesus sits at Jacob’s well to mark the end of an age of human striving to draw from a deep, polluted well and He foretells of His Living Water—His Holy Spirit—that will be poured out on all flesh, available for all those who would come and drink of Him.
After offering the Samaritan His living water, Jesus lovingly confronts her sin and reveals Himself to her as the long-awaited Messiah. The same is true for everyone who comes to know Jesus. When we repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we receive His Holy Spirit Who has given us the water of life--access to eternal life in communion with Jesus. When we become born again believers, it is the Holy Spirit’s life-giving power that bubbles up within us like a spring and flows out of us like rivers of living water. Just as the Samaritan woman could not contain the news of Jesus’ coming that she had to share it with everyone in her town, our response to encountering Jesus and receiving His miraculous gift of salvation should produce an overflow of His Spirit flowing out of us.
Those who receive Jesus’ Living Water are continually filled. That’s because the human soul was created with a deep spiritual longing for God that can only be satisfied in Him. But of course, even as Spirit-filled Christians, we can feel spiritually dry. We may go through seasons where we are weary, running low on faith and have even forgotten that the same life-giving Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. If that’s you today, recognize that Jesus’ invitation to drink of Him is still available.
Jesus is your life source and just like His encounter with the Samaritan woman, He is right there waiting for you to turn to Him and draw from His well of life. We can and should draw from Him over and over again. Remember, Jesus wants the satisfying water of our devotion and in turn, He refreshes and satisfies us. Ask Jesus to fill you with a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit today and everyday. Come to the Well that never runs dry and let Him satisfy your soul like only He can.