September 30th 2010

Share This Water

“…streams of living water will flow from within him.”
John 7:38 (NIV)

I’m sure you’ll agree that there is something breathtaking about waterfalls.  Whether it’s Niagara Falls, Angel Falls, or one of the many other smaller ones, they draw people from all over the world and cause them to gaze in wonder, in open-mouthed rapture, while they capture everything on film for their future memories.

Water, it seems, has a strange fascination for us humans. Even children will splash in puddles of water…with or without welly boots; in fact it’s hard to keep them away! It’s also interesting that fountains of water are very often the centrepiece of a formal garden. They add a certain peace and tranquillity to the surrounding area.  Again, people are drawn to them like moths to a flame and they drink in the spectacular display that only water can produce. Both waterfalls and fountains are the opposite of stagnant pools, they move – thunder – cascade and bubble. Actually, the waterfall on Lake Victoria is called by the local people “Mosee Otoka”…the smoke that thunders!

During his ministry Jesus used water quite often to make a point or teach a lesson. In the gospel of John, while talking to a Samaritan woman by the well of Jacob; chapter four; verse 13(Revised Standard Version), He tells her, “Whoever drinks this (well) water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Later on in this same gospel (Chapter 7:38 -39 Amplified Bible) He says, “He who believes in me- who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on me- as the scripture has said, out from his innermost being springs and rivers of living water shall flow. But He was speaking here of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were afterwards to receive.”

Each of us has an unfailing fountain of living water within us, springing up, bubbling and flowing out to others. We are not called to be sponges and soak up everything for ourselves, but to be a big, broad, beautiful river, flowing out to a thirsty world, bringing nourishment and healing through Jesus Christ.

Our Gracious and Generous Father, grant us the courage to share your blessings with others, especially the grace, peace and gentleness of your ever-flowing Spirit.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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