Text: John 7 (Numbers 31-32)
John 7 records Jesus’ attendance at the Feast of Booths in Jerusalem. His teaching is provocative. Questions are asked. Some people object to Jesus’ words. As the account comes to a close, we find these words:
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)
When we come to Jesus, “living water” flows into our lives. We are born again to new life – eternal life that is all different, fresh and new. We are blessed as we are filled. But that’s not all. That same water begins to flow out of us, blessing and giving life to others. As this passage continues, John writes:
Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
A church in another part of our state includes these words in their mission statement: “We have been changed to bring change. Authentic Christianity is always a river with inlets and outlets and never a pond.” May we be channels and water courses for the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit flow into us, fill us, overflow and issue forth from us. May our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates the Living Water flowing out of us.
in Him, Mike