…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.”
Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus and the Samarian woman. Jesus is traveling through Samaria on his way to Galilee and he stops by Jacob’s Well to rest. A woman who is Samarian comes to the well to draw water and Jesus asks her for a drink. A brief conversation ensues and Jesus says:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
This is where Jesus uses the term “living water” and that is what he is referring to in verse 14 sited at the beginning of this piece.
I wanted to write about the last part of verse 14:
The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
The note that I wrote myself when reading this verse was, “God comes from within, not outside in, but inside out.”
I’ve heard numerous times people saying something to the effect of, I was lost, unhappy and miserable until God came into my life. I’m not discounting their feelings or how genuine they may be, but I believe God is always in our lives. We go through life and the worldly things get in our way. We bury God well below the surface. We force God below the world like an underground aquifer.
We go through our lives walking many placed on this earth and do not realize there is a river deep below our feet, mightier than the rivers that we see. There is a mighty underground river that flows with clear, pure water, a water that would refresh the parched. We don’t know of its existence until we need it, until something causes us to look for it.
This is how we are with God. The living water exists, but we have enough of worldly things that give us no pause to think about drilling for the pure, clean, clear, cool, refreshing water that runs within us. We have no desire to work at finding it until the worldly water runs out, or until we realize just how contaminated it is.
Then we must drill, for the living water does not come to us, it comes from us. We must look and drill within to find the aquifer of God and righteousness.
This is what Christ is telling the Samarian woman and us.
The living water, the water of eternal life and the Kingdom of God is within us. All we need to do is clear our hearts and then drill until we hit the river of eternal life within.
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