(Aug 17) If Only You Knew

"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." John 4:10

How often I have talked to someone and thought to myself after the conversation, "If only you knew..." It seems so many people live their lives without considering things of primary importance.

To the teenager who is continually rebelling against his parents...If only you knew how much your parents love you and how much pain you are inflicting upon them.

To the athlete who refuses to train hard...If only you knew how much potential resides within you if you would give it all you have.

To the couple who continually argues over small things...If only you knew how needless most arguments are, and how sweet marriage can be when lived in peace.

To the unbeliever who rejects the gospel...If only you knew what your existence will be like one second after you die.

To the Christian who is discouraged, distracted, and despondent...If only you knew how the Lord was at work in your life even at times you could not see.

Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well and offers her living water. She, obsessed with only the temporal, remains fixated on the water to drink and fails to see the spiritual gift He is offering. Yes, we need water to live. But there is something so much more important than drinking water and more valuable than quenching our thirst. If only we knew how much more critical the eternal is than the temporal.

James tells us that life is but a vapor (James 4:14). No matter how long we live -- eight months, eight years, or eight decades -- it is al