Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 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.) 10 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.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 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?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirstyand have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” 27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
In John 4, we see a woman who had come to draw water at a well. Jesus has a conversation with her regarding ‘living water’. After her conversation with Jesus, her immediate objective changed. Instead of drawing water from the well, she left her water pot there, and she hurried back to the city to tell others what Jesus had said to her. John 4:28-29 says, “The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”” Her physical need for water was insignificant compared to telling others about the Man she had just met.
The disciples Peter and Andrew did something similar when Jesus called them. They left their fishing nets to follow Jesus (Matt. 4:18-20). In fact they left their professional tools which was the way they earned their living. Immediately after that, we see James and John leaving their nets, boat, and even their father when Jesus called them (Matt. 4:21-22). How seriously and significantly they saw the fact of Jesus calling them!!!
When Jesus calls us and when we begin our journey with Him, we ought to leave some things behind, those things that don’t bring true lasting satisfaction. Those include money, wealth, fame, recognition by the world, and all what this world has to offer. Whatever the world offers cannot satisfy man’s deepest need – to be loved and accepted by his Maker, God. Our priorities and perspectives in this world should change when we begin our walk with Jesus. What we once craved cannot compare with the life and “living water” that Jesus alone offers. Everything has to be seen or done in light of Jesus and His Kingdom. Jesus showed His love for us by dying for us; we show ours by living for Him.