By Gordon P. Robertson, CEO, The Christian Broadcasting Network
During the long journey through Samaria, Jesus rested by a well while His disciples went into a city to buy food. He asked a Samaritan woman for water, then told her: “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 4:14).
The Greek word for “drinks” does not mean a one-time cupful, but to drink and keep on drinking, similar to “ask and keep on asking” (see Matthew 7:7).
When the woman asked for that water, Jesus told her to get her husband—revealing that He knew about her sinful past. Yet Jesus didn’t condemn her; He came into the world to save people. And when she mentioned the coming Messiah, Jesus openly declared, “I who speak to you am He” (John 4:26).
She received the living water and immediately shared it, going into the city and inviting people to meet Jesus. As a result, many Samaritans believed in Him, saying, “We know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (v. 42).
Spiritual thirst is all around us
How interesting to think that the disciples had just been in that very same city, yet did they tell anyone about Him? Perhaps they only focused on their mission to buy food. It’s easy to forget about the living water that should be springing up continually within us. We can get so caught up in the cares of life that we are no longer witnesses, and we miss seeing the spiritually thirsty people around us.
At the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).
When we hear the words of Jesus, we get the living water. The amazing thing is that we can drink anytime, for He is constantly speaking, revealing Himself, and desiring to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. We are the ones who stop the flow by becoming distracted by other things.
We simply need to be thirsty and believe in Him, and rivers of living water will flow out from us into the world. God bless you.