In the days when Jesus ministered and trained His disciples – at the heart of each Jewish community were a synagogue and mikva baths for ritual and physical purification. There are two kinds of mikva baths: those filled by workers using water collected from rain; and those dynamically filled from active, running, fresh springs. Those from fresh springs were of utmost importance, and that kind of water was referred to as “living water.”
In John 4:14, Jesus told the woman at the well, “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’ message, His life, His death, and His resurrection are the source from which eternal life springs…. from which we receive salvation. Isaiah the prophet spoke of this “well of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).
Jesus is the living water. And, we are called to take this living water into our communities, pouring it out and letting it permeate into every crack and crevice of society. In John 7:38 Jesus speaks of “rivers of living waters” that are to flow through us and fill every corner of society. However, often the channel is clogged with ‘dirt’ (concerns, worries, sin, daily life) that stops the flow of living waters and thus the flow of life to those who live in spiritual dryness and death. And, at times, people leave the church and become a bit of water separated from the river channel and thus eventually make little to no difference at all – touching no one with His life and the Gospel of the Kingdom.
However, when a group desperately pursuing God and His calling come together, they turn their individual contributions of living water into a powerful flowing river. This is what God wants the Church to be: the fullness of Jesus in us, flowing through us, to this generation. Then we will see the river of living waters flow and lives changed with the Church impacting each and every community.
So, we are to live life devoted to our personal call to “go into all the world and make disciples” where the river of living waters can flow. God’s call on your life and on my life is all about bringing life to us and then through us. When we see carrying the fullness of Jesus into our community as our personal mission… when we stop focusing on our individual achievements and worldly successes … and, instead, define success in terms of eternity, we can then join hands with others in the faith community, the family of God, the local church, and serve together as a channel for carrying God’s abundance and fullness to an incredibly dry and dusty world.
And, people will respond and drink deeply of the living water finding salvation in Jesus.