It’s been a while, almost two weeks since I have written a fresh “Dose”. Thank you all for your patience and I hope today’s dose will be a blessing to you. I have been struggling a little bit with this passage, but mostly, I have been busy and not able to keep up with writing like a want to. Even this morning as I began to write, I had an idea how to start, but was not sure about the whole “living water” thing. I don’t know why I was making it so hard, but I realized after I wrote, it was because I had actually become thirsty myself. I commit today to filling up on His “living water” each day instead of just sipping it. I’m not sure yet what that looks like, but I do not want my life to become stale ever again.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38
There are many kinds of water. There is fresh water, drinking water and spring water. There is bottled water and tap water. There is even smart water and skinny water. We know that water is good for our bodies and the reason is because that is one of the ingredients that we are made up of. In fact, most people have up to 60% in water weight if they are healthy.
In today’s reading, Jesus talks about “living water”. In fact, He talks loudly about it. I am sure that there was some interest because most people had probably never heard of living water before and tuned in to hear what it was. Jesus wanted to let the people know that if they were thirsty for life, if they were feeling dry, stale and without hope, they could receive Him and be invigorated with new life and purpose. They could live life to the fullest and be empowered to help others along the way.
Vs. 39 in this chapter explains that Jesus was talking about receiving the Holy Spirit that had not yet been given. Up until that time, only the prophets and sometimes kings could hear from God through His Spirit. Jesus was letting the people know that the Spirit of life was coming, and He would be available to all people so that they could live lives of purpose and meaning, not just existing here until they die.
What a great promise that carries on today to us. We can drink of His living water every day by getting into His Word and spending time filling up with His power through prayer and meditating on the scripture. God wants us to live victorious and intentional to complete our mission and to rescue the lost and perishing ones and we can do this with the help of the Spirit that He has deposited inside of His people for such a time as this.
Today I want to encourage you if you are feeling dry, thirsty and stale to get some “living water.” Spend time with your Father of love and find out the mission He has for you today. Take in His Words and drink them all day long in your meditations and keep His Spirit close all day long by checking in regularly to complete your assignment. Let the Spirit of the Living God fill you up with His Living Water today and continue to drink there so that your life never becomes dry and stale again.
Today’s scripture reading: John 7:37-39
37 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.
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.