Confession time. I’ve been guilty of drinking well water. Problem is, it always leaves me thirsty for more. This is why I am drawn to the fourth chapter of John’s gospel where Jesus meets a Samaritan woman next to a water well. He asks her for a drink, to which she replies that since Jesus is a Jew she shouldn’t associate with him. Jesus alludes to a gift of LIVING WATER that the woman doesn’t understanding. The woman, like me, enjoyed the familiar well water, even though something much better and eternal was hers if only she asked.
Jesus compared well water to living water: “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.” When I pursue the things in life that I desperately think will bring satisfaction, I’m not drinking living water. It’s like I invite Jesus over for dinner, only to make Him wait in the family room while I eat my meal alone. Once I realize that Jesus is my everything, I’m aware that I’ve been indeed drinking from the wrong well.
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37,38) What’s really interesting is that the well the Samaritan woman was drawing water from wasn’t even a spring-fed well, but one into which dew and rain water seeped. (NIV Life Application Study Bible) What we think are priorities are in fact not, compared to the goals that Jesus has for us. The best part of this new gift of Living Water, is that it changes our heart desires. Once the woman at the well knew Jesus and what He offered, her desires were eternally transformed. Scripture says “leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town” and told people about Jesus. That water jar had been her priority. It symbolized what was most important to her. After receiving the Living Water of Jesus, the Samaritan woman had a new desire: share the Good News of Jesus.
An Old Testament king named Hezekiah, knew all about this ‘priority change.’ The Bible says, “Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord…he removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. (2 Kings 18) King Hezekiah took a stand and cleared out all the things that had taken the peoples eyes off the Living God. Like the woman at the well left her jar, Hezekiah left his pride and went on to proclaim that the Lord is more important than man-made possessions.
The wonderful news is this gift is eternal. “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:13) Dear Friends, let’s drop what we’ve been holding on to and go tell our community about Jesus and His gift of Living Water that will never leave them thirsty for anything else!