Living Water to the Lost
"There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to
her, ĎGive Me a drinkí". The words of our Lord to the
Samaritan begin His sovereign ministry of mercy to her.
Jesusí intent is to rescue her parched soul from sin. He
then works through her to bring living water to her home
town [See John 4:40-42].
With this in mind, Jesus left
Judea very early in the morning intent on arriving at
Jacobís well at the precise moment she did. He has traveled
about 20 miles on foot. It is high noon. He is thirsty and
More importantly, the Lord knows
this woman is spiritually thirsty and exhausted. She arrives
in the heat of the day likely to avoid the shame of drawing
water when the other women of her town would do so Ė in the
cool of early evening. Sin has ravaged her soul and her
So Jesus asks her to draw water
from the well. He then skillfully transfers from the
physical to the spiritual. The Lord states that if she knew
who He was she would ask Him to satisfy her spiritual thirst
with His "living water". This water is a "well" placed by
Him within the soul at salvation springing up to eternal
Confess a lack of Christ-like
initiative toward the lost:
Be honest with your Lord in
confession that is without self-deceit [Ps 32:2].
Jesus longs to build His Church. The gates of hell
cannot thwart His passionate, indomitable work. He has
commanded you to "go" with His supreme authority and in
His absolute power [Matt 28:16-20]. To the extent
that you are hindering Him from saving the lost through
you, confess your sin. Given Pastor Cyprianís powerful
message last week, should you confess that you are too
often "asleep" while the lost perish all around you? If
the answer is "yes", then ask for His wake-up call of
you and of our Church family.
Drink from His water continually:
cannot repent of neglect toward the lost in our own
strength. No, we must drink from the well within us.
Only then will we be driven by His compassion and with
His confidence to bring living water to parched souls.
In Ps 51:12-13, David makes the sequence crystal
clear the experience of salvationís joy precedes
effective evangelism by Godís children. If we are
drinking abundantly from the water of Christ springing
up from within, we will more likely take the initiative
when we see the lost desperately trying to satisfy their
thirst from empty cisterns. Jer 2:13 "For My
people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me,
the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves
cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water".
with God to take you to your own "Jacobís well":
own "Jacobís well" is a God ordained appointment through which
He grants you a live-saving conversation with the dead. "You do not
have because you do not ask." [James 4:2]Christ commands us to beg Him to thrust out
workers into the plentiful harvest because the workers are few [Matt.9:37-38]. Pray that He will thrust you out into the harvest! Beg Him to do so with the
perseverance of the midnight knocker [Luke 11:5-12]. Why? Because it is a matter of eternal life and everlasting damnation.
Take the initiative with those whom God places into
your day: If we ask, seek and knock, we will
receive. Jesus longs to use us as His own body so that
His words of salvation might be heard by the perishing.
Faith comes through hearing, but they cannot hear if we
do not share the gospel with them [Rom 10:14-15].
Letís lean on Him as we transition from the physical to
the spiritual in order to prompt them to ask Jesus for
His living water. Someone took the initiative with us.
Wow, we are so glad they did! Letís do likewise for Him
and for the spiritually dead!
Commenting on Jesusí words to the
woman of Samaria, J.C. Ryle aptly describes them as a
"gracious act of spiritual aggression upon the sinner."
Aggression is ordinarily a negative term. It suggests a rude
and hostile act and/or statement upon another. However, in
this context, Jesusí "aggression" was an assault upon the
powers of darkness and upon sin which held this woman in
She was enslaved to her adultery.
This adultery merely manifested her bondage. Enslavement to
the powers of darkness and to sin has placed everyone lost
in the SYV under a dominion taking them toward hell. Letís
bring the powers of the kingdom of God upon them in the love
of our Savior [Col 1:13]. Let Jesus use us to shatter
their spiritual chains. Let Him use us to prompt them to ask
for His living water. How can we not assault the forces of
darkness through Christ in order to rescue those headed
toward the unquenchable fires of hell?