Jesus sits at Jacob’s well and talks to a woman who other self-respecting people would not. He engages in conversation and not argument. In today’s language, we might say that He was more interested in connecting than converting.
In this scandalous conversation, He promises living water, water which will quench thirst forever, water which wells up inside and flows over into others. She asks about religious controversy. He talks about true worship. She admits to the behaviors that make her a social outcast. He responds with love and understanding. She introduces Jesus to the town in such a way that they want to hear what He has to say. Ultimately, they say, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
When I am quiet enough to be honest with myself, I have to admit that I am more often thirsty than overflowing. As I look a little more deeply, I realize that I am usually more concerned with the religious controversies around worship than actually meeting God in worship. I am more interested in who is in and who is out than how to love and understand. I am more interested in introducing Jesus in a way that others hear what I have to say. I am more interested in people hearing from me about Jesus than in them hearing Jesus speak for Himself into their lives.
The glass sits before me, will I choose to be thirsty on my own terms rather than be overflowing on God’s terms?