Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but 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 4:13-14 NKJV
Jesus refreshes the parched places of our souls. He delivers us from the dry dessert of unbelief. We become vessels of righteousness filled to overflowing with His Spirit.
Jesus went to a place His people avoided. He sat down with people they hated. He broke a cultural divide by speaking to a woman. This was not just any woman. The story of her life was filled with illustrations of sin and shame. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
Jesus came to save the sick and lame. He did not come to call the righteous to glory. He came to call sinners to repentance. The story of the woman at the well is so typical of Jesus. But why did He begin the conversation by asking her to give Him some water?
The Samaritan woman had been divorced five times. She was living with a sixth man. Imagine the names that may have been used to describe her lifestyle and behavior. That did not stop Jesus from calling her to serve Him!
When Jesus asked her for a drink she explained that He shouldn’t be talking to her. Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
It sounds like Jesus is saying she blew it. She missed her chance at everlasting life by not responding correctly to Jesus’s request. Nothing could be farther from the truth. She became the first disciple in Samaria and an evangelist!
Jesus called me His servant. Jesus said He would enable me to speak for Him. He said I would be His witness and testify of Him. Jesus said He would appoint me to the nations!
If you knew the story of my life you would wonder why. If you could see snapshots of my sins failures and mistakes you would know why I sometimes feel like I missed my chance. The Lord continues to whisper in my ear, “You are My servant. I have chosen you. I love you!”
Maybe you feel like God has passed you by. He has not. You have sinned. You’ve made mistakes. Maybe you heard God whisper in your ear but did not respond in faith. You cannot change the past. You can respond to Jesus in faith today!
The woman at the well did not ask why Jesus called her. Neither should you. She turned her back on sin and shame. You can as well. Jesus knows everything you have ever done. More importantly He knows everything you can accomplish in His Name.
Let Jesus fill the parched places in your soul so a fountain of faith can spring up within you!
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