Rivers of Living Water

Rivers of Living Water

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

On last Tuesday, a few people were given the opportunity to see a “river” of water flowing from the front doors of the church.  It’s not the first time the church has gone through that kind of experience.  We all hope that it might be the last.

I do not think that is what Jesus meant in this verse from the Gospel of John, but perhaps it does represent a visual of what He did mean. 

First, we cannot survive without water.  Our bodies, our existence, requires that we have water.  In the same way, our existence in eternity with God depends on our “drinking” of the Holy Spirit.  This “water” satisfies our parched places.  With this “water” we shall never thirst again.

Second, water cleanses.  We take baths.  We wash our cars.  Water washes the outside of our houses, our windows (and I suppose the inside of the church).  Water cleanses and purifies.  The water Jesus speaks of has a cleansing and purifying nature.  Through grace and mercy, we are forgiven.  Our slates are wiped clean.  We do not have to carry around the “dirt” of this earthly existence.  Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior introduces our spirit to the Holy Spirit, and we are made clean.

Third, water has a force and a power that can’t be ignored.  When water gets high enough, it will flood any area quickly and, cannot be diverted or held back unless we try to intervene.  And when we do try to intervene, we soon learn that our efforts are no match for what nature will do.  We are promised the same power that Jesus had when we “drink” of the Holy Spirit.  That is a power that cannot be stopped and cannot be diverted, unless we refuse to let the Holy Spirit into our lives.  We still have a choice to make.

What is exciting about this analogy is, just as that water literally flowed from the “belly” of the church, the Holy Spirit is alive in this church.  Rivers of water do flow from those who have been obedient to hearing the Word of God.  Hearing from God requires a person to decide what they truly believe about God, and then act accordingly. Hearing from God requires a person to make adjustments in their lives, some of which are costly to themselves and those around them. 

The last time the church building flooded, the church made some adjustments.  The entire sanctuary was turned around and enlarged.  New flooring was put in.  But as God provided the way for these changes, He also provided an opportunity for the church to trust Him.  His Spirit was alive and refreshed all who labored to bring about the changes, both the physical changes in the building and the spiritual changes in the people.

What is God going to do this time?  There’s only one way to find out.  His Spirit is still alive, so Trust Him, seek Him, and walk in the refreshing, cleansing, life giving, and life sustaining power of His “water.” 

© 2019 Charles A. Kalkomey

June 9, 2019