John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)
Few of us go through a day without somehow encountering the effects of spiritual dryness in our society. Perhaps you have noticed that many young adolescent girls are obsessed with making their bodies sexually attractive to males. Really, they are thirsty for the very living water Jesus offered a woman He met at a well.
Jesus could sense this woman's deep spiritual thirst, and so He said to her, "Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst" (John 4:14a NIV 2011). This woman knew where to find water; yet she did not understand Jesus. To help her, He probed into her private history. She had had many men; and now Jesus was dipping into the well of her secrets. In other words, He touched the core of her heart. Without any condemnation, this is where He offered Himself as her source of new, meaningful life. She drank deeply. Her shame flew away, and she leapt joyfully all the way to her village where she blurted out the news about this amazing man who knew all her secrets. For her, Jesus' promise was beginning to come true: "Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14b NIV 2011).
Just as Jesus did with the woman, so too today, His Spirit seeks to probe the private lives of adolescents — and indeed of all of us — the places which we might try to assume are no one's business. But these places are indeed Christ's business, because this is where He touches our soul's thirst, and He cries out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink" (John 7:37b NIV 2011). This, in fact, was Christ's very reason for coming: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10b NIV). No one in the world can provide such a rich and meaningful life.
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for Your living water. Revive our thirst for You — that we, like the woman at the well, may drink deeply, and become vibrant witnesses of Your power to heal and change — still today. Amen.
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