Today’s Reading - John 7:1-52
S: Scripture O: Observation A: Application P: Prayer
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. - John 7:37-39
Possibly recalling a recent experience with a Samaritan woman, Jesus uses the metaphor of living water on the greatest day of a festival centered around light. Just a subtle difference. His conversation with the women was about living water in her becoming eternal life for her. Now, he speaks of the living water flowing like a river from them. Small words, in and from, that make a huge difference. The living water will still be in them but Jesus added a new dimension of the water flowing from them. Following Christ is a relational experience not only with Him but also with the people we intentionally and unintentionally bump shoulders with every day. John clarifies this will happen through the Spirit which will be given as our constant companion. It is a challenging text because it requires a humble and honest examination of our life to identify the ways the Spirit of God flows from us. We not only receive living water we are to be the pipeline of Christ for others. Jesus was serious when he commanded us to love others because it often times gives life where there is no life. Living water flowing from you is still living water and becomes that to the person receiving it. And the Spirit guides the process. Good news all around
Heavenly Father, may the living water of your Spirit flow in and through and from us in powerful and effective ways today. May the water flow freely through the pipeline of life. May your living water be life to those struggling to see the light of life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Fast: We engage in self-protection as a response to danger and when we do not feel safe. If for some reason we do not feel safe with God we will spiritually self-protect ourselves. We maintain a polite distance from intimacy with God because there are so many questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to alert you when you are shrinking back from God, ask why, and then fast spiritual self-protection. Alicia Britt Chole from “40 Days of Decrease. A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.”