John 7:37-38, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink, He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive…” This scripture speaks abundantly to how every Christian should view themselves, their words and their deeds.
Rivers of Living Water- water represents the Holy Spirit in this scripture. There are two times “Living water” is mentioned in the New Testament. The first time is when Jesus meets the women at the well, and the second time is in the scripture above.
When Jesus meets the women at the well He tells her if she knew whom she was talking to she wouldn’t ask Him if needed a drink, but she would be asking Him for a drink, and when He provided it, she would thirst no more. In John 7:37-38, When Jesus says, if anyone thirst, they are to drink of Him and when they do, out of their heart will flow rivers of living water, He meant that their actions and words, those things which came from their heart, would constantly flow like a river and provide living water, which is The Holy Spirit, to those who come in contact with them.
So how do you provide “Rivers of Living Water” you may ask? You provide it by displaying the fruits of the Spirit, but more simplistically, just by displaying Love! How do you display Love, by providing it’s by-products of Grace & Mercy!
According to John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another, By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” If we just showed love for each other, then those who are thirsty would see the “Rivers of living water”, the Holy Spirit, flowing from us and they would in turn ask, “What must I do to be saved.”
Have you ever met a bitter, unloving Christian? Well if you have you aren’t the first. It’s sad how many Christians today believe they are truly living examples of Christ yet they are just as evil, unloving and dry as the devil himself! Not only do their words not bring life to others but sometimes their words and deeds kill the little life that is present in the person in the first place. They have no evidence of “Living water” present in their life, yet they claim to be an example of the original body of Living Water, Christ Himself!
A true disciple of Christ should display, God’s Love, Grace and His Mercy. They should not only possess the fruits of the Spirit, Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness & Self-control, but these fruits should be flowing out of them like a river of living water, and this water should be living in that it brings life to that person and not death or destruction, in word or deed!
So my question to you today is when others meet you do they leave your presence feeling parched and dry, have they left you feeling drained and thirsty, have their needs been fulfilled, have they been given tools and resources to work with to thirst no more; tools like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness & self-control from you; because if you truly displayed "Rivers of Living water” they should leave your presence feeling full, refreshed, quenched & thirsting no more!
Forever In His Grace!