When Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, He made it clear that there are two different “wells” we can drink from: one will sustain everyday life . . . the other will sustain eternal life.
Jesus was returning to Galilee from Judea, and John’s gospel tells us our Lord “had to go through Samaria,” which means He had a divine appointment with the woman at the well. Around noon, the woman came to the well to draw water to meet her physical needs. But Jesus engaged her in a conversation about a different kind of water than what she had come looking for, a “living water.” And after Jesus reviewed her past for her, she realized that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. Notice what she did next:
Leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28-29)
After her encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, the woman abandoned the very reason she came to the well in the first place! She forgot all about her water jar and ran back to town to tell everyone about the Messiah. For the very first time in her life, this sinful woman knew the truth that there was something greater than meeting physical needs. Everything this woman had been looking to in order to meet her in her deepest place of need was now met in her Messiah.
So . . . the question we must ask ourselves is this: What water jar are we willing to abandon in order to embrace Jesus and drink from His well of living water?
- Climbing the ladder of success
- Applause of man
- Acceptance of others
- Financial security
- Physical pleasure
The list could go on and on. When we are looking to meet our needs in anything smaller than Jesus, we are looking to fill our “water jar.” Like the Samaritan woman at the well, we must be willing to leave it behind in order to have the deep thirst of our soul slaked by the living water that only our Savior can offer.
Some readers may be worrying about the jar the woman left behind at the well. You might well ask, “She does need the physical water to sustain life, doesn’t she?” Don’t worry about that; Jesus has promised to meet all of our physical needs too!
“So do not worry,” He tells us, “saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33). Our loving Lord promises to meet us at our every point of need, in this world and the next.
Truly, when we drink from His well, we will never grow thirsty again!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!