Google+ 02/19/13 Tap, Bottled, or Living Water?

John 4:10-12

 

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to,

You would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep.

Where would you get this living water?

And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well?

How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” 

 

Water is one of those elements in our universe that humans cannot do without.  Because our earthly bodies are made up of primarily water, we literally "wither away" if our intake of water is too low.  Water has become a modern-day "holy grail!"  In most grocery stores today, the "water" section of the store is as large as the soda section.  All bottled water companies claim to have the purest and most nutrient-rich water on the planet.  we are told that "tap" water just will not quench our thirst and will probably end up hurting us somehow.  Water is purified, filtered, distilled, and treated, in hopes that the finished product will be just a little better than the nearest competitor.  Remember when water was free?!  Today's Scripture tells us that the best water we can find is still free for the asking.  Many of you will recognize this Scripture as being part of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan "woman at the well."   First of all, the Pharisees would not be happy with Jesus because He is in Samaria talking to a Samaritan.  After all, she was one of the Gentiles and hence "unclean."  Jesus walks right up to her and asks her for a drink.  Why?  Jesus is thirsty from the long journey!  She responds by explaining to Jesus who she is and that He probably does not want a drink of water from her.  Jesus responds by telling her that if she only knew who she was talking with, she would ask for a drink from Him and He would give it, gladly.  So far, the conversation seems to be going well, but in creeps the world.  The woman at the well wants to know where Jesus' rope and bucket are, as she surmises that it is not possible for Jesus to get any water out of the well, let alone give her some of it!  Then she presumes to inform Jesus of the "holiness" of Jacob's well and that there could be no better water than what she already has.  Stay with me here and don't nod off!  Do we ever talk with Jesus and fail to recognize who He is?  Do we apply worldly standards to God and Jesus in order to justify our lack of faith that Jesus can actually provide us a drink?  Do we justify our behavior and where we get our "refreshment" to God by comparing our circumstances and lack of faith to someone else's?  Wow, those are three powerful questions!  Most often in my life, Jesus tells me to do things that don't, on the worldly surface, seem possible.  Some of those things you are enjoying or experiencing right now!  I cannot stress enough that I was not trained as a writer.  When God said, "Dave, start your own ministry, write devotions for people daily to encourage and teach, write a book about how to build My Family, and lead worship for people who don't always recognize Me,"  I had to take a deep breath!  None of that, in my worldly standards, seemed doable.  The logical thing to do would have been to look at God and argue with Him about what I could and could not do.  I could have asked Jesus where His "rope and bucket" were.  I could have described my circumstances to Him and explained I was "comfortable" with what I was doing and thank Him for His input!  If I had done all that, even if I continued to go to the same "well" everyday, eventually I would have "withered" from my lack of pure water.  Instead, I said "yes" and God provided me a bonafied editor to "fix" all my mistakes and make sure His word is always clear.  God gave me a wonderful "Family of God" to help me lead worship.  Here is the big one.  He still provides my "daily bread" so I can do His will.  If God ordains it, He pays for it!  Today, recognize who Jesus is.  Ask Him for His "water," even if you can't figure out where it comes from and how He obtained it!  When you are asked by your "server" today if you want tap, bottled, or living water, choose number three!  Your thirst will be quenched eternally and you will never be disappointed.