Jesus in His conversations with the Samarian woman at Jacob’s Well explains the difference between water and “living water”. The details are found in chapter 4, verse 14.
John 4:14 “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Water has three forms or physical states; ice, liquid and vapor. The church’s attitude can take on forms resembling the three states of water. Strict adherence to legalism and ritualism are represented by ice, frigid and brittle. Liberal cultural influences that are leading churches away from sound Biblical doctrines resemble vapor, no substance and easily seen through as well as being blown about by the winds of change. Churches that believe and consistently preach and teach the Whole Word of God resemble this Living Water of which Jesus speaks. Flowing, not stagnant and fetid with disease, refreshing and quenching the thirst of all who drink from the “Water of Life”. Ice makes us too cold, steam makes us too hot. There is nothing so refreshing as a deep drink from the well of Jesus. Drink deeply brothers and sisters, drink deeply and be refreshed! Mike