Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Living Water

"If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." - John 4:10
All we have to do is ask. That is it. And according to the parable of the Prodigal Son, we don't really even have to ask. We just need to make the move in the right direction.
If we knew the gift of God ... ahhh, that is the rub. IF we knew the gift of God, we would ask and we would make the move to repentance. We really would. The trouble is, we think God would never forgive us.
We think God would never forgive others either.
He would never forgive Hitler, or those who carried out Hitler's orders.
He would never forgive child molesters, or those who covered up the crime.
He would never forgive abortionists, or those who decide to have an abortion.

He would never forgive thieves, or liars or adulterers.
And He would never forgive me.
We think we know better than God and that our sin is bigger than God Himself. And others' sins are even worse!
But then we get this thirst we cannot explain. We get this pull to go to the well. We go even though we are so scared.
We go even though we are so needy.
We go because we are so thirsty.
And when we drink of this living water, we run to tell others. We run to tell others about this Jesus who has a bottomless well of love and mercy.
This living water that quenches all thirst.

Jesus, we ask you now. We ask you for this living water.
So, like the Samaritan woman, we can go tell others. We can tell everyone.
We can tell others to come to the well.
Come to the water.
And drink of God's mercy. Amen.

from Pondering the Word Year A (edited)


Karin said...

Great reflection, Colleen and so true. The devil would love for us to stay stuck in that "God will never forgive..." mode. When we give God just even the tiniest crack, He sends His Holy Spirit rushing in with the living water we all crave.
Hugs &Blessings!

Colleen said...

Karin, amen!
Hugs and blessings!

Jean Wise said...

I love it that the two of us hear and write about the same gospel each week. This is like getting a second treat!

Colleen said...

Jean, I know what you mean! especially when we write about it from different viewpoints. So much to learn.

Joann Nelander said...

Wonderful reflection, Colleen. I love your listing those God could never forgive to our way of thinking. Thank God He is not me.

Colleen said...

Joann, thank you! I thank God He is not me too!