“...but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
This is one of my favourite verses in the Bible - the moment that Jesus met the woman at the well.
Today, we don't get our water from a well, we get it from a tap. The purpose of a tap is to be a vessel where water flows through it. The way this works is that we simply open the valve and water pours out. The tap doesn’t produce the water for us to drink, it is merely a means for the water to be delivered. Can you see the spiritual lesson?
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are like taps. We do not create the living water but are merely vessels to deliver it. Like the valve that needs to be opened, as we humble ourselves before God, our hearts are open to be used and this places us in the position to receive for ourselves, and give to others. Ultimately, the Lord desires for people to come to Him directly for the living water, but until then, they come to us.
Question: Do you ever go to the tap for water unless you are thirsty?
The answer will likely be no. Likewise, you may not see those around you coming to you until they become thirsty. The world drink dead water that brings disease and sickness. When they are sick enough from the effects of their dead water supply, some will come looking for living water – the cure for their thirst. This is why some may drift away, then drift back again. When they are faced with times of total depletion, they'll recognise that you are a tap – a source of living water – and will come running.
'The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.'
We come running to the Lord when we need help. Those who don’t have this unspeakable joy will come running to you first – the tap - then we direct them to the source – THE LORD!
Like the tap, we ought to remain open to being used.
We have within us, an endless supply of living water that will never run out. Praise the Lord!
(Even if we are a little rusty *wink* - see picture)