Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.” “Sir,” said the woman, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”
Meeting Us in Our Messes
We’ve all done things that we’re not proud of. You may reflect on your past, thinking, If you only knew… Well, we are all guilty of some kind of sin. But let us not be deceived into thinking that we have to carry the shame of our past mistakes.
You may even feel like you’re in one of those dry seasons in your walk with Christ, and that’s okay. You can rest assured that he will meet you in the unlikeliest of places. Just know that even if you don’t know Jesus and it feels like everything is burning down around you, after you’ve had a taste of the living water, you will never thirst again.
Don’t Miss This Opportunity
Water is a commodity in the middle east. In the arid conditions that were undoubtedly a matter of fact for the woman at the well, this offer from the mysterious man had to be intriguing. She probably did not have many conversations with men who weren’t trying to get something from her in return.
While she may be thinking, If you only knew who I was, or If you only knew what I’ve done…, her shame almost causes her to miss the invitation.
Good Sense and Skepticism
Jesus turns the tables on her and directs her skepticism back on her. He knows she doesn’t know Him, because if she did, He would have already given her the living water. Her response to Jesus was based on the expectation that she would be rejected by Him. Jews did not worship, or even associate with Samaritans, and she was a woman. Surely, this enigmatic man had an ulterior motive.
Following her logic, she points out that He doesn’t even have a bucket. Here is this strange man, who seems nice enough, telling her that He has “living water.” There are standing by a well. It makes sense that He must be planning on getting the water from there. Yet, he does not have a bucket.
Living Water Poured Out
Her attempt to put Jesus in the box of human rationalism causes her to miss what He is trying to say to her. When her logic—which is not unsound—fails to give her a feasible explanation, she views Him through a sociological lens, comparing Him to Jacob (who is also known as Israel). If this guy is really a Jew, how could He claim to be greater than Jacob? Jesus is stepping outside the religious box to share His gift with someone who would not meet the approval of the religious community.
Not only was Jesus willing to drink with her; He would pour Himself out, as the living water. There is no greater gift that one could receive than the living water. Jesus does not need a bucket, nor did He have much time for the constraints of religiosity. To be clear, Jesus was a religious man, but not at the cost of relationship.
Be intentional in your relationships. Step outside the Christian bubble and offer the gift of living water to a stranger. You will be amazed at what God will do in and through you when you step out in faith.