Water. It’s vital.
Nothing on earth can be made or can sustain life without it. Even in space it’s a key aspect of existence. When they studied life on Mars the two main things needed was said to be water and oxygen. Water is used to wash, to cook food, to drink. It’s used to grow and to produce. It’s used to feed and manufacture. Water is one of the most sought-after resources, and sadly, also one of the most endangered resources. Nothing can exist without it.
Earlier today I was walking on campus, enjoying the warm summer air, the gentle breeze. The sprinklers were on, and I watched as a fattish dove sat itself down smack in the middle of a puddle of water and waited for the sprinkler to come its way, rustling its feathers happily when the drops splashed across him. I also noticed a decent amount of water pooling up on the cement and starting a renegade river, rather than seeping into the grass and the flowerbed for which it was intended.
When I saw this, I immediately thought about Water Of Life. I met their ministry team when I was on mission in Cambodia in 2009. They run a series of Orphanages and churches under the Water Of Life, and Cambodia Hope Organisation.
When we were in Cambodia I was surprised that they warned us (the visiting missionaries) to use bottled water for everything.
Coming from Africa, I’m familiar with the dangers of drinking dirty water — cholera, diarrhea etcetera. However, never before did I have to be so cautious when using something that, to me, seemed like such an ordinary given thing.
On the third last day of our stay in Cambodia I became severely ill with diarrhea even though I even brushed my teeth with bottled water.
Africa is one of the most water scarce continents, with most of this valuable resource being made up of surface water.
The Message tells the story like this:
4-6 To get back to Galilee, Jesus had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. I was noon.
7-8 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water>” (His disciples had gone to buy food for lunch.)
9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink and I would give you fresh, living water.”
11-12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst — not ever. The water I give will be an artisan spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
In Matthew 6 :7 to 13 we’re reminded that we should ask Father for daily Bread — being filled with Scripture. However, man should not live by bread alone. In the same way that we need scripture to feed and satisfy our spirit-man we need Jesus to fill us with Living Water.
As Christians, we’re called to share Jesus with the world. You cannot give a drink to someone who is thirsty if you’re all out yourself.
In our busy day and age, its easy to “cut back” on spending time with Jesus, being filled with Life and being refreshed by His presence. However, I know from experience that if you minister without being filled you’ll soon not only dry up entirely, but be burnt out.
There’s a reason spending time in His presence is called “soaking”. Your spirit-man should be so filled up on His presence, be refreshed by His word, that you should not be able to contain the water — seeping out should be a natural response.
As I watched this river running downhill, I thought how it’s such a waste that all that water, that could have brought life to those plants is now steadily on its way to some underground sewage system.
I know that I sometimes just feel like bursting! If I don’t share revelation or joy or good news with someone immediately it’s almost like it becomes old news. It’s still relevant, just “less powerful” in the way that it’s shared.
As Christians we sometimes let our water go to waste by not sharing Jesus with people. I’m not saying you should go around with a Bible tucked under your arm, preaching Jesus on a soapbox. But, speaking for myself, I’d rather share Jesus with someone and be rejected than becoming a water tower filled with water — but water that’s full of algae and smells, because its standing still.
I don’t want to be a reservoir, set aside up for times when the drought is at its worst and there’s a sudden need for water. No, I’d rather be the hosepipe, or the sprinkler, that constantly seeps our God’s presence bringing refreshment for those who are thirsty.
I challenge you to dig a well.
Seek after His presence. Be filled with Living Water.
Share His presence with those who seek, and even those that don’t!
May you be a well in the desert so that others might taste and see that the Lord is good.
- How to Love Like Jesus – Living Water and the Fluid Life: John 4:40 (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Sermon Notes: John 4: 27-42 (acolorfulcacophony.wordpress.com)
- Kou : Cambodia (kiva.org)
- John 4:4-26 True Worshipers (writethevisionandmakeitplain.com)