John 4:14 - Living Water
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water
springing up into everlasting life. John 4:14 (KJV)
"WATER": "WELL": i.e. [Scofield SB]
The woman mistakenly believed that if she received the water Jesus offered,
she would not have to return to the well each day. She was interested in
Jesus' message because she thought it could make her life easier. But if
that were always the case, people would accept Christ's message for the
wrong reasons. Christ did not come to take away challenges, but to change us
on the inside and to empower us to deal with problems from God's
perspective. [Life Application SB]
He who seeks to quench his thirst at the fountains of this world
will drink only to thirst again. Everywhere men are unsatisfied.
They long for something to supply the need of the soul. Only One can
meet that want. The need of the world, "The Desire of all nations,"
is Christ. The divine grace which He alone can impart, is as living
water, purifying, refreshing, and invigorating the soul.
Jesus did not convey the idea that merely one draft of the water of
life would suffice the receiver. He who tastes of the love of Christ
will continually long for more; but he seeks for nothing else. The
riches, honors, and pleasures of the world do not attract him. The
constant cry of his heart is, More of Thee. And He who reveals to
the soul its necessity is waiting to satisfy its hunger and thirst.
Every human resource and dependence will fail. The cisterns will be
emptied, the pools become dry; but our Redeemer is an inexhaustible
fountain. We may drink, and drink again, and ever find a fresh
supply. He in whom Christ dwells has within himself the fountain of
blessing,--"a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
From this source he may draw strength and grace sufficient for all
his needs. DA187
"Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst."
- John 4:14
He who is a believer in Jesus finds enough in his Lord to satisfy him now,
and to content him for evermore. The believer is not the man whose days are
weary for want of comfort, and whose nights are long from absence of
heart-cheering thought, for he finds in religion such a spring of joy, such
a fountain of consolation, that he is content and happy. Put him in a
dungeon and he will find good company; place him in a barren wilderness, he
will eat the bread of heaven; drive him away from friendship, he will meet
the "friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Blast all his gourds, and
he will find shadow beneath the Rock of Ages; sap the foundation of his
earthly hopes, but his heart will still be fixed, trusting in the Lord. The
heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a
cup full to overflowing. There is such a fulness in Christ that he alone is
the believer's all. The true saint is so completely satisfied with the
all-sufficiency of Jesus that he thirsts no more-except it be for deeper
draughts of the living fountain. In that sweet manner, believer, shalt thou
thirst; it shall not be a thirst of pain, but of loving desire; thou wilt
find it a sweet thing to be panting after a fuller enjoyment of Jesus' love.
One in days of yore said, "I have been sinking my bucket down into the well
full often, but now my thirst after Jesus has become so insatiable, that I
long to put the well itself to my lips, and drink right on." Is this the
feeling of thine heart now, believer? Dost thou feel that all thy desires
are satisfied in Jesus, and that thou hast no want now, but to know more of
him, and to have closer fellowship with him? Then come continually to the
fountain, and take of the water of life freely. Jesus will never think you
take too much, but will ever welcome you, saying, "Drink, yea, drink
abundantly, O beloved." [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon]
The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water. John 4:14.
The picture Our Lord gives is not that of a channel but a fountain. 'Be
being filled,' and the sweetness of vital relationship to Jesus will flow
out of the saint as lavishly as it is imparted to him. If you find your life
is not flowing out as it should, you are to blame; something has obstructed
the flow. Keep right at the Source, and-you will be blessed personally? No,
out of you will flow rivers of living water, irrepressible life.
We are to be centres through which Jesus can flow as rivers of living water
in blessing to everyone. Some of us are like the Dead Sea, always taking in
but never giving out, because we are not rightly related to the Lord Jesus.
As surely as we receive from Him, He will pour out through us, and in the
measure He is not pouring out, there is a defect in our relationship to Him.
Is there anything between you and Jesus Christ? Is there anything that
hinders your belief in Him? If not, Jesus says, out of you will flow rivers
of living water. It is not a blessing passed on, not an experience stated,
but a river continually flowing. Keep at the Source, guard well your belief
in Jesus Christ and your relationship to Him, and there will be a steady
flow for other lives, no dryness and no deadness.
Is it not too extravagant to say that out of an individual believer, rivers
are going to flow? 'I do not see the rivers,' you say. Never look at
yourself from the standpoint of-'Who am I?' In the history of God's work you
will nearly always find that it has started from the obscure, the unknown,
the ignored, but the steadfastly true to Jesus Christ. [My Utmost for His
Highest by Oswald Chambers]