Water of Life. In this series of devotions called, "Words of Christ," we find Jesus visiting with a Samaritan Woman at Jacob's well. His message to this dear woman is timeless--just as applicable to us today in the 21st Century as it was to the Samaritan Woman.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4:13-14, NKJV
Water of Life! We continue our devotional series called, "Words of Christ" with a conversation that is occurring between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. While these verses were covered in the series of devotions on this site from John 4 in the Gospel of John series, our focus in this particular devotion is on the actual words which Christ spoke to the woman of Samaria.
Jesus and the Samaritan woman were at Jacob's well. Jesus used this opportunity to begin with the subject of water and move to the more important subject of obtaining an eternal salvation through Christ.
Notice the specific words of Christ. "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst." What appeal would such words have in an arid desert land? Imagine never having to drink water again!
First of all, Jesus was not just speaking of thirst, and second, the water would do more than just quench a person's spiritual thirst. Jesus said, "The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
In other words, Jesus was not just speaking of water--He was, rather, speaking of spiritual water which would do two things. First, this spiritual water would be so satisfying that one would never again be thirsty. Second, and even more amazing, this water would spring up into such a spiritual fountain that it would grow and last forever!
How quickly the Lord Jesus Christ took this woman from the ordinary, visible facets of this life to something so much more important than the things which surround us each day. How our lives are filled with such unimportant things, while the more important things are often sadly neglected.
We are consumed with providing for our physical needs, our wants, and our desires, while neglecting the far more important spiritual needs which will determine our eternal destiny.
Jesus, of course, could do what we cannot. As He spoke to this Samaritan woman, He could discern her very heart attitude and the needs of her soul. When we visit with people, we do not have the ability to see into their very hearts. We only see their outward appearance. However, we are called to present Christ to all of those with whom we meet and interact with each day.
Following the example of Christ, it does not take a theological degree or the ability to master the original Greek and Hebrew languages to speak to others of Christ. Here Christ used the simple example of a fountain of water. Could presenting Christ to others be so easy?
The true secret is to begin with prayer. Let us pray for every single unbelieving person we know. Let us ask God to open their hearts to the message of the Gospel. Truly the hearts of people are blind to the truths of God's Word. Only when God has opened the ears, eyes, and hearts, can people perceive the truths taught in the Bible.
Then, let us pray that God would give us the ability to simply open up the words which will lead them to the Water of Life--Christ, Himself! Christ is everything--He is all we need for all eternity. Without Him we have nothing; with Him we possess everything!
Go to Christ. He will not turn down our simple pleas to save us from the sins which would quickly bar us from the gates of heaven forever. Oh what grace that God would send His only Son to provide a salvation of living water to us so that we would never, ever thirst again.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,