“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” — John 7:38
There is something to be said about a person who doesn’t withhold their refreshment when they know you’re thirsty. Some of my closest bonds to people are the ones made when they will look at you, wipe their germs off the lid and with outstretched arm ask, “Are ya thirsty?” At that moment not only did my buddy quench my thirst, he also comforted my soul.
What is it that causes a person to be reach out to another and fulfill their needs? I think one reason is first of all, we have to be aware that there is a need. I believe one of the greatest attributes of Jesus was His ability to see that we need a Savior. “Lost sheep without a Shepard” is one of His conclusions when reaching out to the nation of Israel.
Jesus also had this picture of us being thirsty, His observation of us is that we are thirsty people and He has the perfect thing to fulfill our thirst. In John 7:37, Jesus asks a question, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” Of course we all become thirsty, so the division comes when the hearer questions the ability to quench their thirst. The answer comes in the next verse, “he who believes in Me.” A picture of the Holy Spirit satisfying our longing souls, quenching our longing hearts and giving us a life of being content.
But here lies the problem, I’m not always in this state of spirituality. I believe I have the Holy Spirit of God, but if I’m honest, I still thirst. Why? Well, I have come to believe that unless this Living water is flowing out, I have not properly engaged in the work of God. If I’m not like my buddy who after drinking is willing to reach out to those who thirst, I’ve become balloted and am more like the Dead Sea then an aqueduct. I’ve missed the point of being a flowing brook, I’m not seeing the purpose of the Gospel being used as a healing ointment both to the saved and the unsaved.
I want to be like a water boy, the guy who is able to bring refreshment to those who are thirsty. The issue I have is recognizing thirst, it can sometimes come in the form of ridicule, resentment and even anger from others, which if I misdiagnose, I fall into the trap of refusing to give a drink. Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”
If your heart is not overflowing with Living Water find someone who is thirsty and give them a drink, Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “The revelation of Christ, for which our souls thirst, thrills us increasingly as we more clearly understand who He is in all His fullness and what He accomplished to reconcile us to Himself.” – Dave Hunt
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12