When Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman at the well, he told her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”
Jesus taught her that He is the giver of that living water. Let's take a look at what that means.
Jesus, Like Water, Revives
Have you ever looked at a plant that needed water? It was dry and shriveled up, and looked like it was dying. But when you watered it, within a short while, it had revived. The color was back into it, and it was standing back up again.
In the same way Jesus revives us. He causes us to realize our need of him, and he draws us to him - the water of life. When a person's soul is dying because of sin, Jesus brings life back to it.
Jesus, Like Water, Refreshes
Think of yourself on a very hot day. You may feel tired and listless. Then you get a drink of fresh, cold water. Now you are refreshed. You get some energy back, and you feel much better.
How does Jesus refresh us? When we feel discouraged, He cheers us up. When we are going through problems, he helps and encouraged us. We are refreshed when we ask Jesus for help and trust Him.
Jesus, Like Water, Satisfies
When you are really thirsty, you usually don't want a drink of milk or hot chocolate. The only beverage that really satisfies your thirst is water.
In the same way, people feel a longing or a hunger in their soul. They look to many worldly pleasures, thinking that these things will satisfy them. But only when they find Christ are they really satisfied.
Jesus, Like Water, Makes Us Grow
When we have Jesus in our hearts, he makes us grow. We gradually develop the qualities He wants us to have, such as love, kindness, and patience.
Water has many benefits. We need it to stay alive and healthy. But in order to revive and refresh us. But in order to get all of the good things from water we need to drink it. Picture a glass of water standing on the table. If I am thirsty, this glass of water won't do me any good until I drink it.
In the same way, if you want Jesus to bring you joy, peace, and blessing, you must receive Him into your heart.
Inspired by Object Lessons for Children, 1896
Graphics by Trina Clark