“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” – John 4 v 10
The verse above carries within it significant truths. Jesus is speaking about the gift of eternal life, the priceless present of salvation. We can learn several things from His statement.
Firstly, “if you knew the gift,” He says. Clearly, knowledge of the gift needs to be communicated. This, dear friend, is the responsibility of each and every believer. On our shoulders is placed the weight of this grand privilege. The Holy Spirit labours together with us, transforming simple words of witness into fiery arrows of salvation. He provides the power, we provide the mouthpiece.
Secondly, Jesus introduces salvation not as “a gift” but “the gift”. Certainly, redemption is the most glorious thing that God could ever transfer into our possession. Freely given, nothing is required in return, and no amount of worldly wealth, promotion or award can match it. Should He never do anything else for His children, us spending eternity with Him should secure our adoration from everlasting to everlasting.
Lastly, Jesus encouraged the woman to ask. “You would have asked Him,” He says. This is a pivotal point. While nothing is required to receive the gift, something is needed to activate the giving process. What is needed? We must ask! Our choice is the catalyst of salvation, it kicks redemption into high gear.
And so, dear friend, where are you today in your relationship with Jesus? If you know Him already as Saviour, are you allowing Him to share the Good News through your words and actions? If you do not know Him yet, know that while the gift of salvation is exceedingly precious, such is freely given to all who ask for it. Ask today, and you will receive!
SAVED AND FILLEDHearing the sounds of voices singing praises to Jesus, 26-year-old Mulidzi Mulalo was intrigued. Following the music, she made her way to the In His Name crusade grounds in BURGERSFORT, Limpopo. Could this be the opportunity she had been waiting for? “I heard the sound of the music and decided to come. I was so hungry for God and I wanted to make Jesus the Lord of my life,” she explained. That night, which happened to be Thursday, Mulidzi gave her life to Christ! However, this precious gift of salvation was not the only gift the Lord had in store for her.
Returning on the Saturday evening, Mulidzi was filled with the Holy Spirit. “When the evangelist was praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I felt my whole body vibrating. I experienced the power of God for the first time in my life. I feel so free, completely delivered. I will take this fire, and use it to do whatever God wants me to do!” Overjoyed, Mulidzi could not contain her excitement. “I am going to find a church so I can fellowship and continue to serve God,” she said. Yes, indeed, this is our Jesus – always eager to save and fill to overflowing those who thirst after Him!