Live Abundantly

The desert is what happens when you remove water from a rainforest.  Without water, life dies.  The same is true of humans.

Our bodies are about 60 percent water.  Water regulates our body temperature, moves nutrients through our cells, keeps our mucous membranes moist and flushes waste from our bodies. Our lungs are 90 percent water, our brains are 70 percent water and our blood is more than 80 percent water. Simply put, we can’t function without it

Arizonans know the value of water. I greet my out-of-town guests with a bottle of water and tube of Chap Stick.  They laugh until they step out of the airport into 120-degree temperatures.

As precious as natural water is, it’s nothing compared to the living water offered by Jesus in John 4.

There are a few conclusions to be made from this conversation.

  1. We have to ask for the living water.
  2. Only God can give it.
  3. He will give it when asked.
  4. God gives in abundance.  His well of living water makes Niagara Falls look like a drippy faucet.

Let’s combine verses 10 and 26 of John 4 with John 3:16 and read it like this:

If you knew the gift of God

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son

and who it is that asks you for a drink;

I who speak to you am He,

you would have asked him

whoever believes in him

and he would have given you living water.

shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus spoke the same truth to this Samaritan woman that He spoke to Nicodemus.  His message is always the same.  Life comes only through Jesus.

The pious law-keeper was told he had to be born again.  His sin was pride and unbelief in the LawGiver.   The immoral Samaritan woman was told to call her husband and come back here.  Both learned that His gift comes with holiness.

They had to give up their old lives and believe in the LifeGiver.

It’s an offer that can’t be refused when staring in the face of the Son of God.  Once you see Jesus, you will savor Him.

His presence causes an unquenchable thirst in our bodies.  Then He does the impossible.   He crushes every pretense, prejudice, lie, and deceit.  He quenches our dry and parched souls with a flood of His grace.

He washes us clean as snow.

I love to visit Niagara Falls and ride the Maid of Mist.  The immense power of tons of water plummeting over that cliff is overwhelming and terrifying.  Very few things compare to this force of nature.

I often feel like I deserve to be one of those rocks at the base of the falls.  Only that enormous crushing force could flush away the filth of my life.  But that’s not God’s way.

His way is for sinners to stand at the foot of His cross and look up.  One drop of blood from His brow is all it takes.  Our sins are washed away.

Amazing isn’t it?  A drop of His blood is more powerful than all the waterfalls on this globe.  Yet, He offers something far more astounding.

The power of that drop of blood can multiply until it becomes the force of mighty rushing water flowing out of a believer.  A drop of grace from God grows into Niagara Falls grace to others.

Now that’s what I call living water.


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