We all know we can’t live without water. Our body weight is 75% water so it needs water to work properly. And if we don’t get enough water daily our body can dehydrate and it can even cause death.
Luckily for me our ten years old son Mylus knew the signs of dehydration when I told him my muscles were cramping while playing basketball one day. He suggested I drink more water. And like any good father would do I took his suggestion and I no longer have cramps while playing basketball.
We can also dehydrate spiritually if we don’t drink enough living water. Water that gives us eternal life. For instance, if you’re confused about who God is and it’s hard for you to believe He lives inside you, then that’s a good sign you need to increase your daily intake of living water through reading God’s word, service, prayer and meditation.
Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14)
This was Jesus’ respond to a Samaritan woman who He met while He sat by a well one day, tired from His journey. Jesus earlier had asked her to give Him a drink of water from the well she was drawing water from. But she became skeptical because she didn’t know who He was. What she did know was that Jesus was a Jew and that Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans.
But Jesus is about relationships and there’s no social, ethnic or religious barriers that can stop Him from calling us.
There are times when Jesus asked us to do His will also but we aren’t willing because we can’t recognize it’s Him who’s asking because of our beliefs or because who’s asking us. But just like the Samaritan woman had to continue talking to Him to come to believe who He was and what He can do for her, we must continue talking to Him as well by drinking His living water.
In the woman’s reply we can see she still didn’t understand what Jesus was saying and who is was. The benefit from drinking living water happens over time.
The woman said to him, “Sir give me this water so that I won’t get thirst and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15)
So Jesus continued to break down her spiritual dams that was stopping Him from becoming a spring of water welling up through her to eternal life when He asked her to go get her husband and come back (v.16).
Jesus knew the woman felt ashamed about her past of having more than one husband, and He wanted honesty from her so He could offer her forgiveness. There’s no reason for us to feel ashamed about our past because Jesus already know. But if we drink His living water it will quench our thirst for self-acceptance.
She responded to His forgiveness by immediately telling her neighbors how Jesus gave her a new life (v.39). We need to share what God has done for us with others.
As we can see the Samaritan woman was really thirsting for three things spiritually:
- INTIMACY WITH GOD
- ACCEPTANCE OF WHO SHE WAS
- FORGIVENESS FOR THE LIFE SHE HAD LED
True worship is from the heart so God interested in worshippers who will do so in “spirit and truth” (v.24). He wants us to share with Him our true feeling. Ask God to show you what you’re really thirsting for spiritually because drinking His living water is the difference between life and death.