UCAN sharing: Add water
Scripture: John 4:1-26
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Jn. 7:38
Water is most likely the most undervalued necessity of life there is. Man without water can at best last a week but if conditions are harsh than more likely two to four days. The hotter the weather the shorter the time a person has before they collapse due to lack of water. Yet many people suffer lack of clean drinking water. In some countries during the dry season people begin lining up for their ration of water in the middle of the night. Many others have abundant access to water but due to their own choice fail to drink sufficient amounts to promote wellbeing. Many live dehydrated and this has an impact on their daily lives without them ever realizing it. There is another type of water that is even more valuable; it is Jesus as the Living Water in us. When we walk intimately daily with God he leads us to eternal life. Physical man can’t live without water but spiritual man can’t live without Jesus. The question is, are we willing to drink of the Living Water?
The word of God places emphasis on the importance of being in intimacy with God daily. We are supposed to walk closely with God constantly so that His presence can sustain us. When a plant is pulled from the ground where the roots bring in water that plant dies due to lack of what sustains it. Jesus repetitively used analogies to daily life to drive home the point that He is what we need to live. For the people of His time water was such a powerful image because the land was arid. In a dry place it is easier to see one’s need for water physically. When a person chooses to receive Christ as Lord and Savior then Christ dwells in that person and life comes to that person. This is not a difficult image to see. We have all been thirsty before and longed for a cool drink of water. Jesus is using this need to point to a far greater and more impactful need which is the spiritual condition of our souls. As the Living Water flows in a person, life comes to that person. Life flourishes and with this abundance comes a deep satisfaction to the soul. The person’scharacter begins to change for the better. Life choices are made based not on carnal desire but God’s truth. A person experiences a fullness of life that can’t be had anywhere else. We are given God’s promises which are given to allow us to access the His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4). In doing so God offers man a way to escape the corruption due to lust. As we grow due to God’s presence in our lives we leave behind the carnal nature and take on a spiritual one. This brings us in to harmony with God. The source of this experience is consistently remaining in God’s presence or drinking from God’s well daily.
Understanding the importance of who Christ is beyond salvation is vital if we are to respond to what God is offering us. Any of the old life we cling to hinders our ability to accept the Living Water (Christ). Many Christians will receive Christ as savior especially when life is difficult. But few will offer their lives completely out of love. To our minds this may seem reasonable but it has serious consequences. The word tells us that the carnal mind (the flesh) is contrary to God in all ways and seeks to do what it wants above what God wants. We can’t please God if we are living for ourselves. It is impossible.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Gal. 5:17.
Therefore if we are reluctant to give God our all, we will find it difficult to grow spiritually as we are constantly at battle with ourselves. Many Christians lack intimacy with Christ because we see the relationship as optional. Therefore we are not as committed to it. God never intended this to be so.
Each of us possess free will as a gift from God. While God offers himself to not just save us but change us radically we must choose that this is what we want. It must be a decision from the heart and not just a calculated mental exercise. At some point we must be willing to seek God no matter what happens because we have come to believe that he is worth living and even dying for. Jesus tells the woman at the well to go get her husband but she didn’t have one but had had five and was living with a man. This situation could fit perfectly in to today’s moral context. Couples freely engage in physical intimacy and often live together without a thought as to what negative impact this might have on the relationship. We end up spiritually destroying ourselves without even being aware of it.
What most of us fail to see is that when we follow the world and it ways we are saying no to God’s water. We may believe in salvation but we are not willing to obey and follow. Only those who truly come to see their need to be more than a Sunday Christian or spectator and receive being a committed servant experience the Living Water. Jerimiah 29:13 qualifies this by saying that only when we seek God with all our hearts will we find him. Yes, all of us want the water to live but not all of us are willing to drink of God’s water. A pleasant life is appealing but do we resist letting go of this life to get the next? If so we won’t drink of the water offer.
Jesus points out the woman’s need by showing her, her sin. Jesus removed the one thing preventing us from abiding with God yet many still won’t fully drink of His water. The woman at the well responds with religion looking for a justification for her weaknesses. Are we doing the same? Hiding behind acts of empty righteousness? Jesus responds by dismissing religion for relationship. It isn’t something we do but rather someone we know and love. So often when offered the new life in Christ we harden our hearts. Hard hearts mean we lack understanding because we choose to remain in the dark. We choose to remain thirsty rather than receive the truth that would set us free and quench our soul’s needs. The woman didn’t have to drink but she believing choose to ask for it. She wanted it and was willing.
If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; Isa. 1:19
A heart that really wants to live and be with God has to have certain things. Attitude and action are the two things that go in to heart ready to be filled. Obedience is an act of love based on our relationship with God and recognizing who He is. We can obey but with the wrong attitude. But God requires that we come to him willingly. This is attitude. We must be willing to follow Jesus as he makes changes in our character and willing to do what is necessary to live those changes out. God promises abundance if we live according to His will not ours.
Are you spiritually thirsty? Do you yearn to be with Jesus? Do you have a dull Christian life where there is little change? God wants you to experience the fullness of His love but you must decide to humble yourself before Him and acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. Ask Him to show you if there are attitudes that are hindering your relationship with Him. Press in to seek him not allowing anything to stop you. God will not turn you away but offer you the water that gives eternal life. Ps 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?