By Reverend Christopher B. Cain
“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:13-14 ESV
Recently I had the opportunity to visit my cousins on their job site. My family has been in the water well drilling business for 114 years. Water is a building block for life. It is absolutely essentially in more ways than we can even imagine. Of course, as a writer and a believer in Jesus Christ, I wanted to see what kind of parallels could be drawn between drilling and our walk with Christ.
For starters we have a need for water which gives each of us a thirst that physically draws us to water. A believer can not live without the water of life which is Christ Jesus our Lord and savior. No one can live without water, nor can the believer live without Christ. A true believer will have a thirst for the things of God, and will be fed by rivers of living water
Setting the drill up on a firm and level foundation reminded me as a believer of the importance of setting our life up correctly on the firm foundation which is the word of God. If the machine is out of level bad things can happen. The same is true with our lives. A life which is not built on the firm foundation of the Word of God is heading for disaster. I noticed that my cousins were not satisfied to simply set the machine up and level it once and be done with it. Rather than assume things were still good they often went back and checked to see if the machine was still level and made small adjustments where and when it was needed. This reminded me of the necessity in all of our lives to revisit the scriptures often, and to allow the Word or God to determine if we are still level. If we allow the Word of God to work in our lives we will have the perfect standard with which to determine what needs to be added or taken away to level out our walk of faith.
In drilling, like soul winning, there are different bits for different situations. We may reach one person one way, but another person requires a different approach. While one person might be easy to reach, others might be harder to reach. God can take the roughest of us and fracture the layers of rock the world has put over our hearts.
I thought about the steel casing and what that could mean. It made me think about our fellowship with other believers, how proper fellowship like good casing, helps to seal the contaminated water of the world out.
Water acts to sustain life by giving us the ability to hydrate our bodies to fuel ourselves, and to remove and detoxify our bodies. You will see an undeveloped property that had no water on it, but soon after a well is drilled the property begins to take off and grow. Buildings and structures are put up, plants and crops grow. Even the once weed filled areas become lush green lawns with help from water. Water truly transforms a property, just like the water of life transforms the life of a believer. The old corrupt and toxic ways of sin are carried away as the Truth of God’s Word washes us at the direction of the Holy Spirit who dwells within the heart of each of us who profess faith in Christ. The dry barrenness of sin, or the thick weeds of this world, are transformed into lush fruits of the Spirit all by the rivers of living water that well up within us.
I also saw how my cousins worked together both with the machine, and with each other. It made me think about how we must constantly be in touch with the Lord if we wish to bring water to others. We can do nothing apart from Christ, and a well driller can do nothing apart from the drilling machine. I also thought of how they bore one another’s burdens in order to get the job done. As believers we are called to bear one another’s burdens, a verse we need to often be reminded of. We are part of one body, no one is independent of any other part of the body. If you are thirsty for the water of life, maybe it’s time to seek the Master Well Driller, He has been fracturing the rock of human hearts for thousands of years