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Well of Living Water

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

While reading the account of Jesus meeting with the Samaritan woman, I was struck by one phrase He used to pique her interest. The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. – John 4:14b

When I was a teen, we had a well in the basement of our house. We called it an “artesian well.” I can’t explain the science of it, but there was a constant flow of water into a low spot in the basement and we had to have a pump on standby to keep it from flooding our basement. A sensor was installed on the pump to activate it each time the water level rose. On at least one occasion the pump lost power. I remember wading through the water to help my dad put in a new pump. The water kept coming until we were able to get several pumps flowing to catch up with the spring.

My parents moved out of that house after I went to college, but I often wonder if that water is still coming up in the basement there. The impression I received was of a never ending flow bubbling up from the ground. That is how Jesus depicted the truth about Himself. When a person believes in Christ, a new life begins. It is an eternal life. Just like a spring that won’t be stopped, the spiritual life in a believer is without end.

The well also acts as a source for others. We didn’t use the water from our basement for drinking, but it could have been treated to make it usable. I remember our cat would drink from it when she snuck into the basement. In the same way, the new life Jesus creates in a Christian is a source of life for others. In a wilderness environment, a water source is very important for any creatures dwelling there. Like an oasis in the desert, a believer that is ready to share the gospel becomes a giver of life!

There is a big difference, though, between the artesian well and the spring Jesus was describing. Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; -John 4:13-14a Salvation is a “once and done” kind of experience. Although the new life continues to work in us, we only have to experience the new birth once. That is why Jesus said we will never thirst again after drinking His water.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the living water that quenches our spiritual thirst. Please fill me to overflowing today. Let me not only be full of your love, but spilling over to be a source of joy and spiritual benefit to others.