Today’s Scripture: Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 4:13-14

How much are we willing to pay for the popular bottled waters that advertise like this?

Live young. The secret is in the Alps. – Evian
Your natural source of youth. The purest part of you. Purity guaranteed – Aquafina
A new life everyday – Vittel Mineral Water
Can’t live without it – Dasani

What if I told you I knew of a free beverage that blew all of these others out of the water? Its slogans could include: Live eternally. The secret is in the Son. Your Source of joy and peace. The only pure part of you. Purity guaranteed. Can’t live without it. Drink now, live forever. Our form of refreshment may not be popular like these bottled waters, but as believers, we have a spring of living water whose benefits supersede any we could ever receive from any earthly substance. So, why do we refuse to drink from this free gift when it is right within our grasp? Often, it is because of our bitterness and pride.

In John chapter 4, the woman at the well found the power of getting refreshment right from the source of life itself. She discovered it in the Savior right when she needed it most. Jesus knew that she needed salvation. This woman was most likely known by all for her wicked reputation. I can only imagine what any on-looking bystanders thought when they witnessed Christ speaking with her at the well. They were probably all whispering to each other. Despite what the others around her may have thought, by grasping what our Lord offered her, she received a fresh start and the power to live each day in victory.

Maybe you have not lived a life like the woman at the well, but you know someone who has. They might be struggling with anger or addiction. Perhaps they are so absorbed in themselves that they have forgotten where to look for healing. Don’t look at other people and like the Pharisees say, “I’m glad I’m not like them.” If Christ displayed our thoughts on the walls at church for all to see, we would be ashamed. Whether you are in the position of the woman at the well, or you are simply an on-looking bystander, go to the source of living water in order to refresh your spirit and renew your purpose and perspective. We need to be drinking from those streams of living water everyday through prayer, time in the Word, and introspection. Let’s not think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Instead, let’s share this living water with others and use it to purify ourselves each day.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder