Drinking the Living Water
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. John 4:14 NLT
Jesus said these words to a woman with a lot of sin in her life. She was broken and no doubt filled with guilt and shame as she came to a well to draw water. She was a Samaritan, and Jews had very little to do with Samaritans; so she had to be shocked to find Jesus, a Jew, even at this well and engaging her in conversation.
When I read this story and hear both conviction and compassion in the words of Jesus, I am again reminded of just who he is and who he wants to be in our lives. There may be shame, guilt, anger, and even bitterness that has built up inside of you. You may wonder what you did to deserve to be in this place, or you may know exactly why you are in this place.
As you read this today, try to hear Jesus speaking these life-giving words to you. Drink the water of salvation and forgiveness that he offers. Bow down, humble yourself, and cry out to him. What would your life be if this “fresh, bubbling spring” were within you? There is nothing he wants to give you more than eternal life.
Dear Jesus, you know how much I need you today. I am coming to you and asking that you free me from this burden I am carrying. Please give me a drink of your living water. In your name I pray. Amen.
Pastor Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations.