I think we would all agree that water is a pretty important part of our life. I’m not necessarily talking about fishing or surfing or even showers for that matter. I am strictly talking about the necessity of water to survive. My wife is constantly on me about not drinking enough water and I am continually trying to convince her that there has to be water in my soda. However it is when I am overheated and my body is physically exhausted that I could not crave anything more than a glass of ice water.
There is a story in the gospel of John where Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well. Jesus asks the woman for a drink and she replies with “how dare you ask me for a drink, you are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman”. Jesus responds by saying “if you knew who I was you would have asked me and I would have given you living water”. Jesus understands the importance of water for our survival but the water he was talking about was“living water”. He goes on to say that whoever drinks of this physical water will thirst again but whoever drinks of His “living water” will never thirst again and it will become a spring inside of him that wells up eternal life.
Jesus is comparing His love and forgiveness of sins to the necessity of water to our bodies for survival. Just as water is not just a good idea but a necessity for survival, the love and forgiveness of Jesus is an absolute must for eternal life. I think that is such an awesome picture of a spring of “living water” flowing out of us. Once we receive the love of Christ and eternal life there is a spring inside of us welling up longing to pour out on those all around us. In John 7:38 Jesus says “Whoever believes in me as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him”. If we are going to be a spring of living water to those around us there is one important truth we need to be aware of.
We need to know that every source of water will always flow to the lowest place. If your house is anything like mine with four little ones running around you are quite familiar with liquids finding the lowest place. Whether it is a spilt drink, a water hose in your yard, a storm drain on your street or a stream running down a mountain, water will always flow to the lowest places. Are the streams of living water inside of us flowing to the lowest places? Is the love of Christ that is inside of us flowing to the down and out of our community. Do we love the oppressed and the depressed, the homeless and the fatherless? In Matthew 25 Jesus is telling a story about a king who separates those who are his and those who are not. The king said to those on his right come in and take your inheritance for you fed me when I was hungry, you gave me a drink when I was thirsty, you clothed me when I was in need. The righteous answered “When did I feed you or clothe you? In verse 40 it says “The king replied, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” May we all allow the streams of living water to flow out of us and into the lowest points of our community all in the name of Jesus.