“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”
Jesus is talking about a spiritual thirst – a desire coming from a craving ache deep within us, and one that we cannot quite put our finger on or properly identify. We long for something, but whatever substance or activity we try turns out to do nothing more than distract us for a time.
There is the wonderful account of the meeting between Jesus and the lonely, outcast ‘woman at the well.’ Having experienced five failed relationships, living with a man who was not her husband, probably cold-shouldered by the other woman of the town so that she now went to draw her water from a well outside, maybe disgusted with or despairing about herself – she suddenly meets a man who should not be talking to her and who suddenly offers her ‘living water.’ Not only would it satisfy this dreadful longing within her, but would in turn become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) This great gift would turn out to be the gift of God Himself
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:38-39)
As Paul, much later, would exhort people,
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)
The Holy Spirit – the living water of life, eternal life – a free gift for those who come to Jesus. Those who are not looking merely for an exciting experience, or a temporary help, but are thirsty enough to want the life that Jesus alone can give them as their Saviour and their Lord. To them comes the offer of living water to cleanse, heal and bring new life – and finally to quench that terrible, dark and lonely thirst.
Ask and keep asking for the ongoing blessing of this great Gift. For ” how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9-13)
Father God, please bless me with the gift of the Holy Spirit and keep on filling me with Him. Amen.