Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. (John 4:13)
Expanded Passage: John 4:7–19, 25–26, 39–42
As a company that was launched to create sturdy, hard-to-break products, and designed to keep cold things cold and hot things hot, YETI has done exceptionally well. Their products, including tumblers, coolers, and bags (among other things), are specifically built for repeated use regardless of the rigors of challenging environments, such as fishing for salmon in the rugged Alaskan wilderness, or photographing wildlife in the Serengeti. If it’s good enough for the Serengeti, then it’s good enough to keep a beverage cold in the backyard on triple-digit summer days. Yet, regardless of how cold it keeps the liquid, these tumblers are incapable of replenishing themselves. They require repeated refilling for one to stay refreshed and hydrated.
The woman at the well in the village of Sychar possessed a leaky wooden bucket. She trudged to the well at least once a day to draw water for drinking, bathing, and cleaning. The task was arduous and repetitive. Jesus’ provocative statement that he had access to living water intrigued her. “Really?” she said. “Tell me more.” Jesus eventually drew her to himself and supplied her with that which satisfied at the deepest level of her soul.
Jesus is the inexhaustible source to quench the deepest longing of the soul and, just as importantly, he is perpetually accessible through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Share Jesus’ living water with others. It is inexhaustible and always accessible.
Ed Rotz has served The Wesleyan Church as a pastor and district superintendent. He currently works for PastorServe, Inc. and lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife, Sharon.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.