Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Give me a drink

"When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  So began the conversation between Jesus and a woman of Samaria.  She was there to get a pot of water to take back home.  Jesus was there, resting while his disciples had gone into the nearby town for food.   

The main attraction to this place was the well, Jacob's Well, near the village of Sychar, and close to the property Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  People of the area had depended on the water supplied from that well for generations.  So that was the drawing card of this place.  People came here for water.

Any human will admit to their need for water.  The physical body cannot function properly without it. Those from Sychar were blessed to have the well so close.  It provided something their bodies needed regularly.

The conversation Jesus started with this woman continued for a while, and included the masterful words of Jesus which ultimately brought him to tell her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Without announcing a change in the subject matter of the conversation, Jesus had moved from talking about the physical necessity of water, to the spiritual necessity of what he calls "living water."

Jesus continues, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”

Just as your physical body knows thirst, and the need of water, Jesus wants us to know of this living water that only he can give, and which is as vital to our spiritual life as the water from the well for physical beings.  I want that water from Jesus which will become in me, a spring of water which wells up to eternal life!

There is nothing more refreshing to our bodies, on a hot summer day, than a cool drink of water. We know it's good for us and our bodies receive what is needed for us to keep going.  It's time for Christians to recognize the living water Jesus longs to give us. Living water is our connection to the life of the Living Lord who dwells within us.  Living water is the boost, the power and the motivation bringing us closer and closer to eternal life. Jesus invites us drink freely.

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