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Kerry Lytle

April 20, 2024

John 4:10, New International Version

“Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you Living Water’"

Our bodies are made to need water daily in order to function properly, well the same goes for you and I spiritually. Our spirits may start to experience some of these same symptoms, spiritually speaking, after periods of time without any “living water.”


“The scriptures contain the words of Christ and are a reservoir of living water to which we have ready access and from which we can drink deeply and long. You and I must look to and come to Christ, who is ‘the fountain of living waters as Jesus says in John 4:10. By so doing, we can receive both spiritual direction and protection during our mortal journey…. Through normal activity each day, you and I lose a substantial amount of the water that constitutes so much of our physical bodies. Thirst is a demand by the cells of the body for water, and the water in our bodies must be replenished daily. It doesn't make sense to occasionally ‘fill up’ with water, with long periods of dehydration in between. The same thing is true spiritually. Spiritual thirst is a need for living water. A constant flow of living water is far better and more powerful than sporadic sipping. We need to replenish our spirit daily with the Living Water that always satisfies. 


 So, how do we get this Living Water? Do we have to be qualified to receive it? Of course not! It's for anyone who has faith in the Son of God, Jesus and declares Him as Lord. If you think, “But I have to get my life together first,” that will hold you back. The woman at the well was unqualified. She didn’t even have the gospel well thought out. Here’s all she had, and here’s all she needed. She was with Jesus, responding to him step by step. This is how you and I can taste the Living Water.


And because it’s from above, it can work for anyone in any life situation. Young moms with kids – don’t tell yourself you are too busy for God. This woman in John chapter 4 – Christ came to her at the equivalent to the grocery store or the gas station. He sought her out right in the middle of her humdrum day. Never tell yourself your life situation is a barrier to God. Your life situation is ideally suited for Living Water, because it doesn’t come from your surroundings; it comes down from above. Other people in other life situations are equally included – retirees worried the money might not last. Middle-aged dads working hard. Students wondering about a job after graduation. Teenagers feel alone. There is no perfection in this life. But His living water is for real people living real lives.


Are you daily reading, studying, and searching the scriptures in a way that enables us to be filled with the Living Water —or are you merely taking occasional sips when we have time? Are you pressing forward toward the fountain of living waters—relying upon the word of God? Are you giving yourself to Him? Staying open to Him, moment by moment, tender toward Him, looking for His fullness of grace? These are important questions for each of us to think about prayerfully. If your spirit feels dry and dehydrated, tap into the Living Water that is for anyone and everyone and always satisfies!

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