"The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water..."
What powerful words came out of the Samaritan woman's mouth that day and she didn't even realize the depth of what she spoke. She had come face-to-face with the Messiah and had yet to be enlightened to that fact.
She was still dealing with the truth that a Jewish man was actually speaking to her. Actually having a conversation with her and that he asked her for a drink. This Samaritan woman was seeing things in the literal sense and the spiritual meaning of what was taking place went right by her.
How many of us, who profess a life of Christianity, miss the spiritual application of the Word of Christ at times? Sadly, we can get too literal minded sometimes and totally miss out on the beautiful lessons that our Lord is trying to teach us in the spiritual realm.
In verse 10 of that passage, after Jesus asks her for a drink, the woman's responses is that of an almost gentle rebuke as to why a Jew would even be giving a Samaritan a second glance. And the precious and tender answer of our Lord is filled with the amazing gospel message.
"If thou knewest.... thou wouldest have asked of Him.....and He would have given thee Living Water"
We must tell all people about the great and mighty Savior that we serve. The gospel message of Christ should always be on our lips. We should always be ready to give others a cup of that cool water of the Lord. The Living Water, that is Jesus Christ, is water that will forever quench and satisfy our deep thirst.
The Samaritan woman had not a clue as to the spiritual truth being spoken, but the conviction was beginning to be formed in her heart. Once conviction comes, then and only then can there be the conversion of souls. Jesus didn't accuse her of anything, he allows her to accuse herself. And then the enlightenment of her spirit begins to come and she encounters her own sin and her deep need for a drink from the Master.
"Sir, give me this water", is a cry that we still need to be uttering even after our own salvation experience. May we never quench our thirst with anything but Jesus. May we stand before Him with our arms stretched toward heaven, holding our empty cups and ask Him for water.
And then, we need to allow His Living Water to spring forth in our lives, overflow and drench those around us.
May our hearts cry always be for water from the only source that brings life.