When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.”
What I love about the gospel is that it doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter if you're wealthy with all the degrees and accalaids one could hope to achieve, or living in obscure poverty in a remote part of the world...we all have the same need. We are all thirsty.
It doesn't matter if you have it all or you have little, you have need; not a need for more achievement or a better relationship, more money or success, although those things aren't bad, but the need for the water of true life, a life of true living...a life lived with Jesus at the center. We were created for that, and we will always be in need until we find that through Jesus. And what's amazing about living water is that even through brokenness and heartache and things that don't make sense, through confusion and disappointment, we have a hope for more. We have hope in this life because he satisfies even through those desperate times and we have hope beyond this life because this is not all there is.
Maybe you find yourself thirsty, like you keep striving and nothing is ever enough. Maybe you find yourself human. Maybe like the women at the well you feel unworthy and undeserving. Just like he went out of his way to offer her this free gift of living water thousands of years ago, He offers you the same gift today.
He is the source. He is the answer. He is the beginning and the end and everything in between. Whether you've never known him or just want to know him more, run to Him and thirst no more.