Main Dish | Devotion #3: Water
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director and Assistant to the Family Pastor

“Drink more water!” Yes, I rolled my eyes as I wrote this! I wish I had a dollar for every time I was given that advice. If you do a Google search, you will find all of the benefits of drinking a lot of water. It is surprising that we have to be reminded. Why would you not want to: Lose weight, have better-looking skin, increased energy, and have an improved immune system. The first thing that comes to you at a restaurant, sometimes even before you get a menu, is water. The truth is our bodies can survive for a very long period of time without food, but only a short time without water.  Yet, if you are like me, when given a choice, I order the diet Coke, and I leave the restaurant with the water untouched. The substitution seems refreshing, but it does not give the same results.

If you read John 4:13-17, you will see the story of the women at the well. The woman traveled a long way with her vessel to draw water from the well. She met Jesus, and in her conversation, she admitted that she had many husbands. The woman was trying to quench her thirst with worldly desires, and it was only after her experience with Jesus that she realized His truth and that He was the fulfillment of what she desired. Jesus was saying to her when you accept me; you will have a well of fresh living water to draw from within yourself.  John 4:14 says, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” When she understood, she left the empty vessel that she had carried, went back to her town to share what she had experienced, and that she believed. 

In our daily lives, are we acting the same as the women at the well by trying to fill a void with things that do not matter only to be left feeling empty? Ecclesiastics 3:11 says that “God set eternity in the heart of man.” I love how the Amplified Bible puts this verse, “He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God].” Jesus is the only one that can fill that void! 

I read in a devotion not long ago, “Jesus is not a gate-crasher. He only enters the areas of your life into which He is invited.” Are you inviting Him to sit at the table with you and your family? When you sit, which well is your water being drawn from? Is your family hydrated or are they leaving the table thirsting? Serve them water, but do not forget to serve the “Living Water.”

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