Sometimes we think that because we’ve made mistakes, or made the wrong choices, that we cannot have our spirit refreshed in His presence. Let’s look for a moment into the longest recorded conversation Jesus had with a person on earth:
“How can you say that? You know he has never kept his word to me!” Abigail didn’t mean to snap at her friend; she was hurting.
Deborah reached out her hand to Abigail, “He’s not your husband, but he could be if―”
Abigail pulled away; she didn’t want to listen. She easily pulled up her water pot, “I’m going to the well.”
Deborah sighed. She needs to be comforted, but is getting it from the wrong source. She stood in the doorway watching her, and groaned inwardly when she saw a man sitting at the well.
When Abigail neared the well she almost stopped short when she saw a Jewish man sitting wearily. She wanted to ignore him, as she was bitter with men. She began pulling on the ropes to lower the bucket into the water when the man said, “Give me a drink.”
Abigail was surprised, “The Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Why did you ask me, then?”
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said, ‘give me a drink,’ you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.”
Abigail was unbelieving, I don’t want your games. “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where is this living water?”
The man answered, “Whoever drinks of this water will become thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst. It will be in him a fountain of water springing up to everlasting life.”
Abigail’s heart stirred. What kind of comfort is this?
She looked at Him with pleading eyes, “Sir, give me this water to quench my thirst.”
We Don’t Have to Labor
We are not to avoid coming into His presence because we are not perfect; we come and He makes us perfect. We don’t avoid Him because we are weak; we come to Him and He makes us strong. We are not to think that because we have made mistakes, that we are not “worthy” to be in His presence.
The Samaritan woman had lived a life full of mistakes and was begging for the chance to take the refreshing comfort Jesus offered her. She used a word that meant a hole in the ground. When Jesus referred to the well, He used a word that meant a fountain. (see John 4:11, 14)
In our flesh, we might naturally think that Jesus was referring to a regular well, a pit with water in the bottom, just like the Samaritan woman did. But Jesus was talking about a fountain. Quite a difference exists between a well and a fountain!
Much toil is needed to pull buckets of water up from a well. However, we don’t have to labor for His refreshing water. Jesus said it’s a fountain that’s coming up to you abundantly!
We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to have a flawless reputation. We don’t have to try to earn His grace.
Water washes; it cleans. Come and be refreshed. If we’re in His living water, we’re going to become clean as He has promised.
That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26 NKJ
Jesus always has a fountain ready for you. You just need to drink it in. Are you thirsty?Image via Creative Commons: Neil and gynti_46
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