John 7:37-38 ESV
“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.”
I don’t know about you, but when I read this verse, I often focus with much gratitude on the first part of it. I picture coming to Jesus, weary and thirsty – which of course He invites us to do. But it’s easy to overlook the rest of that section of scripture; the result of a heart filled with living water – “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Picture a glass or jug, set under a steady flow of water. Eventually the water will get to the rim and begin to overflow. It will spill out over the rim and spread out in a puddle across the surface the vessel is on, soaking everything around it.
That is how we are meant to be as Followers of Jesus.
Although Jesus calls all who are thirsty to come to Him and drink, we were never meant to just drink; satisfying our own thirst until we are full to the brim.
John 4:14 NET
“But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
The picture Jesus describes here isn’t of a little trickling stream, but of an overflowing fountain!
We are to be fountains through which the Holy Spirit can flow and overflow, touching those around us.
We are to live at the source. To be ‘planted’ there, not just pop in now and then for an occasional ‘top up’, and there will be a steady flow of Living Water into our lives and the result will be ‘fruit in season’. Psalm 1:2-3 “but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
- Jill McIlreavy💜