In John 4, when Jesus is talking to the woman at the well, he tells her that HE is the living water. Throughout the Bible, God continually uses to wells as a picture for us to see how God nourishes his people.
The past few weeks, we have not had much water. On our compound, our house shares a well with the school building, as well as the two other families living beside us. Especially since we're in the 3rd month of the dry season, this means that by the end of the day, we don't have water. Usually we have a little bit of water later in the evening, but for the past week, I've had to take a bucket across campus fill it with water from a small spigot, and carry it back for a bucket bath.
So even if I have a well, a pump to draw the water, a water tank and a nice tub, none of it matters, unless there is actually water.
We can live our lives like this. We think that we have things together from the outside. Sometimes we deceive ourselves as well as the people around us into thinking that we have the source of life, but unless we're being fed from, we are a dry empty well. We fool ourselves into thinking that we wells, overflowing to nourish the people around us. We pretend that we are great Christians, when we don't even spend time with the source of life.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
-John 4: 13-14
Wells run dry. Wells run dry. Wells occasionally have dirty water. We cannot live our lives being wells like this. What is the remedy for these dry wells? How do we get fresh water? We have to go deeper than the surface, we have to tap into the clear, cool waters that don't run out.
My boss was telling me about how she wishes she could have a borehole dug on our campus. The people who have them never run out of water. They have more than enough for themselves, so they often put a spigot on the outside wall of their compounds for people in the community to have a source of fresh water. That is a picture of true, life giving waters. We have not only enough to satisfy ourselves, but plenty to pour out to the people around us in need.
The encouragement for myself and for you is to tap into the borehole-spring of life. Go to the source and He will never run try. Continue to stay tapped into this borehole, and your own well will not only continue to be watered, but overflow for others.
"Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." - Prov. 4:23