Drink Up!


A pastry shop owner in Michigan in 1981 advertised a special offer: “Buy one of our coffee mugs for $4.79 and fill up your cup for a dime each time you visit.”

The owner never expected 25 years later, four longtime customers would still be getting their cup of coffee every day for ten cents a cup. You may not see a deal like that any more.

Jesus offered the woman at the well in John 4 something far greater than a cup of coffee. He said to her, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” (v. 10). Jesus went on further to say, “Every one that drinketh of this water shall thirst again (i.e., the water from the well); but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life (vv. 13,14).

At that point the woman at the well was ready to listen to understand how she may partake of of this living water (v. 15). No one had ever offered her this before or anything like it. No relationship she had previously had filled the emptiness, although she had been married five times (v. 18). What Jesus offered her was something to quench her parched life and fill her with joy, peace, and hope.

The same offer is given today to every man. Jesus came to bring us life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). An offer like that is hard to turn down, but people do it every day. God’s grace is extended daily and as often as it is offered, it is refused. When we have come to the point of exhausting all resources we believe will satisfy us and still feel empty, consider God’s offer. He has a bottomless reservoir of blessing available to those who turn in full allegiance to him. He wants us to drink up of the water He offers. You will never thirst again.