MEETING A STRANGER THAT IS THRISTY WOULD YOU OFFER THEM A DRINK OF WATER?

Jacob‘s Well (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The physical water we drink is such a precious commodity that in some parts of the world fresh clean drinking water is very difficult to obtain.  But the question here is not how difficult it is to obtain, but whether or not after MEETING A STRANGER THAT IS THRISTY WOULD YOU OFFER THEM A DRINK OF WATER?  I put this question to a number of people random selected just to get an honest respond, and here is what most of them told me.  “In the climate of robbery, murder and hate that now prevails over us, most of them said they would not speak to a stranger, stop for a stranger on the street, open their doors to a stranger even if they thought that the stranger was about to die.”  This truly tells us a lot about how we as a society feel about our brothers and sisters that are in need of something as simple as a drink of water.

When we as Christians get caught up in the world and come to believe that because the world is evil and filled with many evil doers we now have to separate ourselves from the physical and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters, we have now begin to live as the world lives.  This is not the way Jesus wants us to respond to our brothers and sisters.  Here is what he tells us to do, he says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  (Romans 12:2 ESV)

The Samaritan woman that met Jesus at the well found herself in this position, when a stranger asked her for a drink of water.  Here is how she responded to that stranger, the bible says, “A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”  The Samaritan woman was very surprised—first, that a Jew would even speak to a Samaritan; second, that a Jewish male would speak to a Samaritan woman (she also had a bad reputation and this was a public place); third, that a Jew would drink from a Samaritan’s cup.  The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched.  In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus’ time considered the Samaritans to be permanently unclean.

However, Jesus answered her and said, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”  (John 4:7-15 ESV)

Let us know this fact, that is, not everyone that may ask you for a drink of water, is not there to rob you of your earthly goods, or even to take your life.  It is possible that the person that asks you for a drink of water might be really thirsty or in a spiritual need of a blessing.

We know that we as a people need water daily, because we soon become thirsty again and again.  The water from Jacob’s well would indeed satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily.  So also are all the other “drinks” of life—they never really satisfy or quench or thirst.  Some of them even create more thirst.

The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction.  Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair.  But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether.  Jesus’ “water” continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.  The gift that Jesus gives—this perpetual spring—suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for all believers.  Now watch this short video clip and discover who the woman at the well really is.

Therefore, I say to you, in all that we do day in and day out, let us learn to live the life worthy of Jesus, willing to help our brothers and sisters by giving them not only a drink of physical water but also offering them the spiritual water of eternal life and doing so not out of fear, but giving out of love.  God is love, we are love, in God, and he created us out of love and taught us that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.  I have ministered this message to you this day out of my love for each one of you and in hope that you will in term do the same for all the people that come into your presents this day.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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