September 2, 2020
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
On Monday we talked about how the power of Jesus reverses the natural order of contamination. Instead of the unclean contaminating the pure, his purity cleanses the dirty. Today, we again see Jesus reversing the natural order to demonstrate the power of the gospel. Jesus asks the samaritan woman for a drink and then tells her he can give her living water that quenches all thirst. We pick up the story in verse 12 where the samaritan woman asks more questions about this crazy living water.
The water Jesus describes is different than other waters. It doesn’t just quench your thirst, but it also becomes a spring that will quench other people’s thirst as well. What I love about this image is that it reverses the process of weakness in God’s people. Imagine your thirst as weakness. (That’s certainly how my high school coaches thought of thirst.) Your weakness drives you to find a cure. That cure lasts for a period of time, and then you become weak again. But Jesus says that his remedy doesn’t just cure us forever, it also makes us a cure for the sick and weak around us. That’s how healing works in God’s kingdom. We don’t merely recover until our next injury. Instead God uses our injury and healing to bring healing to other people.
How about you? How can you use your healing to be a spring of living water for those around you? Did you escape abuse and can now serve as an advocate for the abused? AA is built on the foundation of the healed (and still healing) serving the next person who has a need. Did you overcome poverty? Teach others the lessons you learned. Are you no longer anxious or depressed; use your healing to help others. The power of Jesus’s gospel (good news) is that each of us, as we are healing, can begin to offer that same healing to someone (or several someones). Go and be the cure.