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A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
We’ll Never Be Thirsty Again
In a few months, we’ll be entering spring and then summer. The trees will be budding. The flowers will be blooming. And of course, the grass will be growing. And even though it doesn’t feel like it now, the temperature will be rising. And I’ll tell you, the combination of growing grass and rising temperatures will lead to me having to mow the lawn in the heat, not my favorite thing to do. And as I think about pushing that mower over my tiny lawn, I already know that I’m going to get thirsty. And for me, nothing tastes better than a nice glass of cold water. As a matter of fact, after about thirty minutes, this desire will cross over into craving. In fact, in a very real way, just thinking about it will give me the encouragement to finish the job. It’ll keep me moving until even the assorted collection of grass and weeds on the side of the house have been cut down to size. You see, that’s going to happen because I’m thirsty.
And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had the same desire and passion for the kind of water Jesus offered to the woman at the well and that he also offers to us every single day. I mean, suppose our desire for the Holy Spirit was so strong that it became the focus of our attention. And suppose this focus kept us moving forward, not focused backward to something that we lack the power to change, but forward into a future full of possibilities and opportunities. I mean, suppose living with and in the spirit was something that we craved. Well, I’ll tell you; if that should happen, there’s one thing that I believe we can take to the back. We’ll never be thirsty again.