"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." (John 4:10 NRSV)
Jesus made it clear that all this woman had to do to receive the water of life was to ask for it. She did not even have to clean up her life first. True, she would never find that peace she was seeking until her life was cleaned up, but grace precedes works. It is because she receives God's grace revealed through Christ that she is able to get her life in order.

Paul put it like this in Romans: "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly . . . God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us." This woman was a sinner, but that did not prevent Christ from offering her the living water. And Christ offers that same living water to us.

Dear Jesus, give me your living water today, as I work to more faithfully serve you. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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