Jesus introduced the new life found in Him to the woman at the well. In John chapter four we read about their encounter and can apply this to how He operates today with those that are spiritual, but not Christ followers:
Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “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.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” (John 4:1-18)
Through this story, Jesus was illustrating that we don’t have to look to food or drink to satisfy us. We can’t be completely satisfied with a lover or a spouse. No one can take the place of Jesus in our lives. No son or daughter can take away the hunger we have for God. I love being a father, but nothing can fill that void in my life like Jesus. We were made to know God.
We have an empty God-place in our heart. We were made to know Him. We were made to be inhabited by God and His spirit. He wants us to be His friend and His child. We were made to walk with Him. We were made to be satisfied by God. Our mission is to go into the culture and tell people how amazing He is to us by going into the modern day “wells” and allowing the Spirit of God to guide us to the men and women that are open to Him and His Bread of Life.