H20 or most commonly known as water, is an essential source of nourishment and refreshment to quench one’s thirst. Have you ever felt so thirsty, that you were immediately refreshed and rejuvenated after drinking a glass or bottle of water? Since our body is more than 60% water, it is imperative that we all drink daily to avoid dehydration. Even as it relates to plant life, water is a necessary source in order to live. It is the element of nature that represents life and wellness.
However, even spiritually the concept of water can be examined through the term, “Living Water”. In the book of John 4: 1-15, Jesus and a Samaritan woman are having a conversation at a well. He asks her in verse 7 to give Him a drink. However in verses 9-10, she says that she is a Samaritan and points out that Jesus is a Jew. At that time period, Samaritans were seen as less than or inferior because of their heritage, being that they were “biracial” (Samaritans were of Jewish and Pagan ancestry). So, because of this, it was uncommon and discouraged for Samaritans to associate with Jews. Of course, to Jesus this did not matter – so they have a dialogue in the following verses of John 4: 10-13:
“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.”Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
What Jesus is offering to the Samaritan woman, is much greater than what she was searching for. The Samaritan woman was thirsty in the physical, but there was an obvious need, spiritually. Jesus understood that the Samaritan woman was not whole but rather she was spiritually dehydrated. Thus he uses the term, “Living Water” which meant that Jesus himself provides the nourishment that satisfies eternally. Jesus says in verse 14 “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus provides the living water that you and I need, in order to be whole and satisfied.
Often times in our society, there are so many distractions and temptations that we are bombarded with. Daily, the media pushes the “latest and greatest” devices that are “must haves”. As a result, many buy into what is promoted, because they are searching to be satisfied and fulfilled in what the world has to offer. However, as the scripture says in Luke 6:21, “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” God desires that we seek Him to be filled, because in and of ourselves, we are empty.
Jesus has made Living Water available to each individual that is thirsty for it. What is the Living Water? The Living Water is the the presence of God which not only gives us peace, but satisfaction. Just as there is refreshment when we drink natural water, there is a refreshment that surpasses all understanding when we are in God’s presence. Once we have tasted of God’s presence and the Holy Spirit, then the temporary things of this world will no longer matter.
Money, sex, drugs, and other trappings which are promoted in our sin filled world, lead to a life of ruin and malnourishment. Our soul is meant to be satisfied by God, because we were made in His image. We were made and created to worship God. However, it is the sin that cuts the tie between God and humanity. Satan will never tell you the damage that can be and will be done if you are constantly seeking after the things of this world. 1 John 2:15 admonishes us not to love the things of this world. The reason is because Galatians 6:8 says that if we sow to our flesh, we will reap corruption or death. This is both a spiritual and physical death.
Christ provides the life that we are all in need of. As Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus Christ offers each individual the opportunity to have life and to have it in abundance. Seeking after the riches of this world, and temporary satisfaction will always leave you dry. A life in Christ, is what will institute a healthy and nourished way of living. Are you thirsty? Do you find yourself unfulfilled and wandering from place to place to seek peace?
If so, then you are in need of the Living Water. The Living Water is what God provides through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the one who bled and died for you so that you would never thirst again. The reason that the world groans and writhes in discontentment is because those in the world, do not have the Living Water. They are partaking of a well that runs dry. The well of life, the spring of life, is the one place that will bring healing and everlasting joy. That place, can only be found in Jesus Christ. So, if you find yourself thirsting, take a drink of the Living Water and you will find that you shall never thirst again.