37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. 40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
Over January we have been learning and hearing from God about the Holy Spirit. How incredible to think that Jesus says in this passage “anyone who is thirsty can come”; however those who believe “can come and drink”. Every person is invited to COME to Jesus; but only those who believe can COME and DRINK. “the scriptures declare that ‘rivers of living water will flow from His heart.”
In this hot weather over summer it has reminded me afresh that people become dry and thirsty in tough conditions. People in our community are dry and thirsty for truth, for honesty, for integrity, for freedom, for purity, for grace, for a message that brings life, hope and a future.
I have thought about this – what can I do to help people see the “river of Christ’s hope in me”? I can remove blockages, I can focus my heart and my mind on Christ, I can pray for release and freedom. I can think less about myself and my circumstances and focus more about how God can use me.
Lord help me to see others better and clearer. Give me the skill and ability to connect with others and help them to see you. Help me to be a river of living water this year.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta