“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.” John 7:38
Living in the desert a person quickly realizes how dependent they are on water. The same could be said of Christ’s audience who lived in very similar surroundings to those in the Southwest region of the US.
When thinking about the above verse, I realize the great gift that Christ was imparting in His message to those hearing Him. More importantly, it helps me realize that in calling myself a “Christian” the very deep responsibility that I have in my own actions towards others.
I have said, and joked many times, that we all put on our “church-face” at times. The unfortunate part is not only is this not acceptable and disapproved of by our Father, but it doesn’t properly convey God’s gift that He has made possible through His Son. Especially to those who deem “Christians” to be hypercritical to begin with.
I go back and try to remain conscience of the fact that I have a great responsibility in portraying and offering to those around me, and closest to me, the gift of Living Water. To allow this water to flow in and through me.
What person would want to draw water from a broken down, muddied, flith covered, smelly well or a well that “appears” great from the outside, but when you take a swig tastes putrid? I know I sure as heck wouldn’t!! I set this reminder for myself each day, throughout the entire day. I never get it 100%, but nevertheless I keep straining forward.
God will never condemn us for falling short but I do believe He holds me entirely accountable for refusing to try by giving up entirely. I always loved the quote of “I’m not where I’m supposed or want to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be!”
God, by way of His grace, provides us the strength to do amazing things. I hold to the fact that every decision I make can have a positive or negative influence on those around me. When I’m at my lowest point knowing that my being here is of greater purpose than just taking up space, is what keeps me centered on what is important. To absorb the fact that I can provide comfort and joy to so many that are hurting and in need of “living water” is an awesome thought.
And if any of us is to see his brother, or sister, thirty may we remember the cup that has been provided to us and tell them to “Drink their fill”.
Be Forever Blessed ~