Running Out of Water


As twilight falls over this Tennessee town, Mayor Tony Reames drives up a dusty dirt road to the community’s towering water tank and begins his nightly ritual in front of a rusty metal valve.

With a twist of the wrist, he releases the tank’s meager water supply, and suddenly this sleepy town is alive with activity. Washing machines whir, kitchen sinks fill and showers run.

About three hours later, Reames will return and reverse the process, cutting off water to the town’s 145 residents.

The physical realm often mimics the spiritual realm. Our society in general can provide nothing to quench the growing thirst in this dry and parched environment. TV talk shows only spout words of comfort that bring in advertisers. Slick televangelists twist the truth to their advantage. And the people still go thirsty.

Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4:13-14, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” His pronouncement rings true in this day. What the world has to give for thirst quenching will only result in more thirst. Only by taking what Jesus gives will the true thirst be quenched with in.

Verse 15 records the answer by that woman to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

The well that springs up in you, Christian, needs to be shared with the thirsty and dying world. Go into the city (John 4:28-29) and tell of the Messiah that gives the internal and eternal wellspring of life. Let your changed life from sin and misery be a witness of the new life brought by He who is spirit and truth and lives forevermore.

Many…from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”… And many more believed because of his word. They 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 Savior of the world.” John 4:39-42

Many go thirsty because someone did not turn on a faucet. You, Christian, need to turn on the faucet for the spiritually thirsty. As they drink they will know for themselves that Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world.