“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38)
These words both encourage and challenge me. In this passage, Jesus was speaking to those who were spiritually thirsty. Not only did He say that those who came to Him would have their own thirst satisfied, but those same people would, themselves, become sources of living water for others.
Thankfully, the real source of that living water is the Spirit that we receive when we surrender our lives to Christ. With God as the source, the water is always fresh and never at risk of running dry. That’s the encouraging part.
However, it is up to us to cooperate with God and allow ourselves to be a place where others can obtain a drink of life and refreshment. It made me wonder, “What is coming out of your heart, Dave?” Can others consistently come to me and receive encouragement, support, a friendly smile, godly counsel, etc? Or have I become stagnant and dried up? If I’m to avoid stagnation and my own spiritual desert, I need to constantly be filled with His Spirit. For me, that means daily time in His Word and frequent times spent in prayer.
What’s flowing from your heart, Christian? Are you a consistent source of life to others? –Dave
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