Today we read John’s detailed account of the visit Jesus and his disciples made to Samaria; it laid the foundation for the initial preaching effort of the apostles outside of Jerusalem (Acts 8:4-25). Note the teaching of Jesus, first to the woman at the well and then to the people who heard his teaching as he stayed on in the place for two days. As a result “many more believed because of his word” and “said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world’” (4:41,42).
His conversation with the woman started beside the well and the need for some natural water – how few realize today the urgent need for spiritual water! Jesus said to the woman, “The water that I will give him (her) will become … a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (verse 14). The ‘spiritual water’ is the message of Jesus. It is not a matter of taking one glass of this spiritual water, but of continual drinking so that the “water” starts to direct the thinking and attitude of the person, truly “a spring of water welling up to eternal life”.
Have you developed a “spring of water” in your heart and mind – or are you in the process of doing so? Verses in Proverbs are excellent examples of this spiritual water, “He (or she) who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king (Jesus!) as his friend. The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge …” (verses 11,12).
Our world is floating in a sea of knowledge but hardly any of it has a spiritual flavour – much of it the opposite! “Apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips” (verses 17,18). You and I will do this if we really desire – in our heart – that which will increasingly direct us towards possessing “a spring of water welling up to eternal life”.