If someone offered you free gas for a year, would you think they were pranking you? Maybe you’d wonder what they wanted in exchange? Your kid, your kidney, your dog Fluffy?
I mean, there must be a catch, right? At over $6.00 per gallon, no one is offering gas for free! That would be ridiculous. No one is that generous!
As crazy as that sounds, the woman at the well in the Bible experienced something very similar. But the offer she received was way more valuable than gas. She was offered living water for free.
The account goes like this, “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
The woman answered, “How can you ask me for a drink?”
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.” (John 4:7-10)
This offer stunned the woman. Every day of her life, she had to come to the well to get water for the family. It was a tedious and time-consuming chore of necessity. The thought of getting free water for life got her excited, but she’s still not quite sure. So, she asks if there’s a catch.
“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.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”(John 4:11-15)
Jesus didn’t offer her free gas. He didn’t even offer her free water. Instead, he was giving eternal life in him.
And that’s the offer Jesus makes to everyone. Even you! The sad part is that people get way more excited about the thought of free gas than they do about the gift of God–– eternal life.
The good news is that the woman accepted the gift Jesus offered. She could have rejected it, but she didn’t. This had a massive impact on her life and the people living in her village. The life-giving water Jesus offers has that kind of effect.
You have the same choice to make. You can receive this free gift from Jesus or reject it and try and get the life by yourself. Choose wisely! The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Have you ever noticed that water is way more important than gas, and eternal life is way more important than water? So, which one are you choosing? Gasoline can’t make you right with God and give you eternal life. But Jesus can.