Day 11: Spring Up O Well

river of life imageA few weeks ago in our bible study on Sunday morning we were studying John 4 (otherwise referred to as the passage of the woman at the well). Since God’s Word is living and active, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to a special part of this passage relating to the Spring of Life.

“He had to travel through Samaria, so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her, for His disciples had gone into town to buy food.

“How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.

Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”

“Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’? You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are You? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again —ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4:4-14

Living Water imageWe always hear “the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 6:23), but do we ever take the time to really process what this means in relation to living water. The living water Christ told the woman she would have is the same GIFT of living water He offers to everyone who asks for a drink. But just receiving eternal life is not all that we receive with this living water. Once we drink of the living water, the water becomes a well of water springing up within us for eternal life so that everyone around us will see, be drawn to it, and also given the opportunity to drink.

This week has been so unbelievably busy for us including many late nights. In addition, we began the weeklong celebration of Sukkoth that has made for an even greater challenge in the amount of time and preparation it takes to walk in it. However, God has been so gracious to each member of our family this week it is beyond imaginable. He has given us our daily bread each day and we have seen amazing things happen; from salvations, to met needs, to gifts, to answered prayers, to protection, to thoughtfulness, to perfect timing, and the list goes on and on. Our hearts are springing up with the well of living water Christ has poured into our lives and we can’t help but praise God and spew out the living water of life He has given to us.

I know this is really cheesy and it dates me, but this song came to my mind and I won’t judge you if you stand up and do the hand motions along with it. It just might remind you (each of us) to spring up and swish that gift of eternal life onto whoever is next to us.

geysers

I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me

Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see

Opens prisons doors, sets the captives free

I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me

Spring up O’ well (gush, gush)

Within my soul

Spring up O’ Well (splish, splash)

And make me whole

Spring up O’ Well (swish)

And give to me that life abundantly

Praise God for the greatest gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord which He allows to well up inside of us.  

This gift, when it springs up, splashes on those around us and causes them to ask for a drink of what we have in Christ.

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