September 21, 2007

Worship in Spirit and Truth

Scripture Reading — John 4:1-14

"If you knew the gift of God ... you would have asked ... and he would have given you living water."  John 4:10


How much would you pay for a drink? An unemployed German man sold his six-year-old stepdaughter's pet beagle for a beer. He was desperate to quench his thirst. But in callous disregard he trampled the tender spirit of a child.

The Samaritan woman in today's story had a thirst that needed to be quenched. The thirst was in her soul. And Jesus focused on her as a target for his grace.

He took a straight route through Samaria at a time when most Jews would go miles out of their way to skirt the land of a people they despised. Jesus met this woman at a well in Samaria, and he offered her water that could reach the driest places of her soul-where she needed refreshment most.

Jesus comes to us, too, in our deep need for living water. Though we might not realize it, we need him desperately-as a person who is dying of thirst in a desert wasteland.

Until our spiritual thirst is quenched by Jesus, it will never go away. We may try to relieve it with shopping, relationships, busyness, extreme sports, travel, or a variety of other "drinks." But Jesus makes us an offer. He says, "Whoever drinks the water I give ... will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give ... will become ... a spring of water welling up to eternal life."


<p>Dear Jesus, give me the water that none of the world's resources can supply. I accept it with gratitude for your grace. Quench my thirst, Lord, with the water of eternal life. Amen.</p>


Devotion topics: Christianity, Discipleship