On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
John 7:37-38, NIV
Does your life feel dry and parched? Are you weary from the things of this life? Have you taken wrong measures to satisfy it? Man-made religion never satisfies; only God provides the living water that quenches the thirst of this life.
His invitation is open to anyone who thirsts. To hunger and thirst for the water that Christ gives is to hunger and thirst for the things of God and for the fullness of the Holy Spirit. With our Lord there is no waiting for the water our souls require. Anyone can drink the water of life He gives.
How are we to drink this water? When you come to the water, you are coming to a Person. You must come on God’s terms, and you have to yield yourself by faith in order to get the water. The release of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life, however, is conditional – we must believe, receive, and then glorify Christ through our lives! Jesus must be loved, honored, and exalted.
Jesus is saying that the part of us that is never satisfied, the part of us that craves so much, becomes, when we receive this water, the part that is satisfied. Our unfulfilled desires can become fully satisfied by the indwelling Spirit of Christ in our lives.
Furthermore, the satisfaction that comes to us in Christ overflows to others. Power and overflowing joy are the characteristics of great drinkers of the Spirit. But the inspiring irony in this is that we never experience satisfaction, as we are meant to, until our lives give satisfaction to others.
QUESTION: Are you satisfied? Is there an overflow in your life? Have you drunk long and deep of the water that Jesus offers so that out of your innermost being are flowing rivers of living water? If you are thirsty for a life of fruitfulness, meaning, and purpose, then come to Christ today.