When Jesus offers the woman at the well “living water,” she is confused because, in their culture, it meant fresh moving water, such as rain, springs, or rivers. There was no such source anywhere in the vicinity. This concept of never thirsting spiritually again is beautifully displayed in John’s vision of the new “garden of Eden.” The water of life will flow like a river from God’s throne. If we trust in the redemption Jesus offers us, he says this living water will become “a fresh, bubbling spring within, giving eternal life.”
Questions for further thought:
1. What is the difference between standing water and flowing water?
2. How can a Christian’s spiritual life be similar to water – either stagnant or moving (and fresh)?
Challenge: Revelation 22:17 issues an invitation to anyone who thirsts. Consider how you can share this “bubbling spring” you have with someone who is thirsty. How would you describe Christ’s offer in a down-to-earth way to someone you know? Pray for an opportunity and the courage to do so!
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