Monday, June 14, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 257...streams of living water...

In John 4, Jesus and his disciples have been making a long journey. They stop outside of Sychar by the Jacob's well. The disciples continue on to get Jesus some food for lunch, and Jesus sits down at the well. A samaritan woman comes to the well. Now, Samaritans and Jews are not on speaking let alone coexisting terms. They have been enemies for years. Jews think that Samaritans are worth less because they are only part Jew and not full Jew like themselves.

He asks her for a drink. Jesus then calls the woman out about her past. He asks her to go get her husband, knowing full well that she doesn't have one now and has had five. Think of the pain and the emotional turmoil going on inside this woman. Why did Jesus point this out? Why did he talked to the woman. Then he says something that has grabbed a hold of my heart...

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

In John 7:38 Jesus says something similar," He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water,"

The samaritan woman returns to town without her water jar, and brings back people to witness Jesus who has claimed to be the messiah. They believe him and beg him to stay, so he does for a couple of days.

I wonder if the people really grabbed a hold of what Jesus had said, that if we choose him, if we choose to drink of Jesus, then we will flow with living water out to those around us. How exciting and uplifting is that? It is also challenging, how do we empty ourselves so that the Holy Spirit may dwell within us and well up and out of us? I would venture that God's help would be the answer, that we need to surrender to his will for our lives in every aspect, even the everyday mundane things can be full of the Holy Spirit if we allow ourselves to be emptied of the world and filled with living water...


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