1st August 2019

Living Water

“…those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.”
John 4:14 (NRSV)

The plants in my garden were beginning to wilt in the recent hot, dry weather. Not surprising really – they need their daily dose and it’s not coming. I couldn’t give them a drink because I didn’t have a hosepipe so I had to go out and buy one. I can now.

What was it that Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for? Water, so He could have a drink. And the woman doesn’t seem to have wanted to give Him one. She had her excuses: she was a Samaritan, she was a woman, the well was deep and He didn’t have a bucket. What did Jesus offer her in return: ‘Living Water’. Water from a well that would never run dry. Eventually the women realised that Jesus was offering her something much more valuable than water from that well and she went and told all her villagers. They came rushing out to meet Him and were so amazed and impressed by what He had said that they asked Him to stay in their village for a few days.

What was this water? In the Bible ‘living water’ is symbolic for the Holy Spirit. For example, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me; and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ Now He said this about the Spirit…”(John 7:37-39).

We may be physically parched and wanting a drink. But aren’t we even more so spiritually parched and constantly in need of the Spirit to quench our spiritual thirsts? The society we live in is like a desert. And like the woman at the well, people in society are finding all sorts of reasons why they should avoid the givers of spiritual water. They prefer to live in a dry, barren society. But for us the Holy Spirit is “a well of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:14). That is why it is called ‘living water’. He satisfies our spiritual needs now and for eternity.

Jesus offered the woman living water, the Holy Spirit. Jesus is offering this world the same living water – the same Holy Spirit. Let us pray that more people accept His offer; and also that we look to Him for replenishment whenever we are feeling down and spiritually dry.

I am so grateful for your Holy Spirit, who continues to satisfy my spiritual thirst. Let me not take Him for granted, but continue to look to Him for sustenance in this dry and barren society. In your name, Lord Jesus.

Study by Christopher Reeve

About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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