Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13, 14 ESV)
In this passage a Samaritan woman speaks to Jesus at an ancient well dug by their patriarch Jacob. Water is source of life and Jesus draws upon that understanding to describe what He has to give. Jesus has living water, that doesn’t run dry and need to be filled up again. What does he mean? Think of all the ways you try and get life in this world. You eat to satisfy your hunger but you just get hungry again. You make money to buy things you think will make you happy but the pleasure from these things fades away. You work and are satisfied with your accomplishments but that satisfaction too fades away. Relationships that are so great one minute become old or painful in the next. All the things of this world that you seek to build life around are things that require you to constantly pour yourself into, and the life they once gave is less and less fulfilling. Jesus offers something entirely other. There is nothing to compare it to because there is nothing else like it. He offers you life that does not fade away nor require you to pour yourself out to get. Jesus pours himself out for you. This is the work of the Christ.
What drives you each day that you seek to make you happy and fulfill you? Is it a job? Is it things (clothes, cars, a home, etc.)? Is it a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend? Is it the success of a child? Or is it Jesus?
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 1 Sa 24, 1 Co 5, Ez 3, Jn 4