Jesus contrasted the living water he provides with the impermanent nature of the water in Jacob’s well (John 4:13-14). The temporary quenching of Jacob’s well-water made me think of the temporary “quenching” of things in the world. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17).
There you have it. The things of this world are passing away. And yet…there are many televangelists who preach from Jacob’s well. They preach the things found in this world. They preach that God’s will for believers is health and wealth. Get rich, get well, halleleujah. The danger in such a message is that Jesus’ emphasis is completely missed: being a True Worshiper of the Father through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (John 4:23-24).
Preachers should not rely on Jacob’s well for sermonic content. The Bible doesn’t promise the American dream for believers, and preachers commit a terrible deed in misleading people that the Bible assures such a thing. To hear that God wants “your best life now” is to hear a message from Jacob’s well. It is not “living water.” It is not transformative. It is a temporary quenching, and you have to return again and again for such messages (John 4:13).
A message that promises bigger houses, finer cars, healthier bodies, better relationships, and a “better you” is a message from Jacob’s well. It’s not about getting more. Jesus is not a self-improvement, life-enhancement product. Jesus is Lord of the universe. Repent of your sins and believe in His death on the cross for sinners. Drink of the “living water.” Be changed by the water from Jesus, not the water from the world.
And don’t believe the message of health-wealth gospel preachers. Such a message is from the bottom of Jacob’s hundred-foot-deep well. In fact, the message is from a place much deeper than that.