Verse: John 4: 7, 9-10, 13-15
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” 10 Jesus answered 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. 13 Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water…”
Have you been outside during this current heat wave, either gardening or exercising? It doesn’t take long to work up a big thirst. So you guzzle some water and then go back to your activity and not long later you are thirsty again. In fact, the weather people will encourage you to drink a lot before you go out so that you are prepared.
During my recent devotion time, I have been reading about “living water.” How critical is water to our bodies? Generally, it is said that we will die without water after 3 days. 60% of our bodies is water.
References to “living water” start in the Old Testament. In Jeremiah 2:13, the prophet Jeremiah is telling the Jews that they have forsaken God, “the spring of living water,” for their own “broken cisterns.” They had turned to worshiping idols and stopped worshiping God.
Are we guilty of turning from God? Do you feel like your spiritual life is dry, lacking life. Jesus wants us to have living water to refresh our souls. So much water that it pours out of us. Not just a glass of water but a spring of water, rivers of living water. Jesus says in John 7:37, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” He is saying that to you and me today. Living water gives us life, true life, purposeful life. A life that pours out and touches others. If water spills out, you don’t know where it will go. It could water a seed to start new growth. It could provide water for roots that provide flowers and fruit.
Consider how much we focus on staying hydrated every day, to be ready to perform, to be healthy. Maybe we should be equally concerned about being spiritually hydrated every day. If you want a life that isn’t dry and stagnant, it might be time to ask Jesus, just like the Samaritan woman did, “Sir, give me this water.”