I love the story of the Samaritan Woman – how Jesus broke barriers to speak with her at the well, how He knew her “sordid” past, yet cared for her anyway – leading her gently to the truth, how she became a missionary to her people, telling everyone about the Messiah.
Jesus tells this woman that the water she seeks at the well will not satisfy her for long. He can provide Living Water, “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14 NIV)
After their converastion ends, the woman returns to town to tell everyone about Jesus. She must have been in a hurry to share this good news, because she left her water jar behind.
Perhaps because she discovered the source of living water, she no longer thirsted.
Jesus’ followers then urge him to eat (are they hungry, too?). He responds:
I have food to eat that you know nothing about…. My food…is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Vs. 32, 34
Jesus then talks about the harvest of souls that awaits – the fields are ripe. The woman at the well has just been harvested and now she has become one who reaps as she urges her people to come to Jesus and believe.
Now what? Well, the connection between food and drink interests me.
Drink seems to be the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, something that quenches our thirst eternally, then overflows to others. Food is the nourishment we receive when we obey, and particularly when we work the harvest.
We are filled by our relationship with God and by doing His will. But it shouldn’t end with us. Our living water should overflow. And the obedience that nourishes is to finish His work, to bring in the harvest.
Do We Eat and Drink?
Here’s the thing. We don’t do this enough. We don’t overflow to others. We (the laypeople, the true ministers) are not planting or bringing in the harvest.
I know this is true because I who have been trained in evangelism, I who have helped reap the harvest in a few lives, I who have served as a missionary in two world-class cities – I don’t plant or harvest enough.
If that’s true of me, what of the average “evangelical” pew sitter? Are we sitting around staring into empty water jars or thinking about how hungry we are? Or are we prayerfully and purposefully going out overflow, to plant and to reap?
It’s not just an obligation. It’s a blessing.
I know this because when I DO – when I by God’s grace have the chance to talk about Jesus and walk with someone into the kingdom – WOW.
It nourishes. It quenches.
So, let’s get going eating and drinking!!
Someone needs our drink. Someone needs our food.
And we need to share them, too.
P.S. I’ve been semi-fasting today, and I can tell you, it’s been excruciating to talk about food and look at pictures of bread. LOL!
Today’s Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1-3:1, Psalm 62:1-4, Proverbs 16:10-12, John 4:1-42. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).