“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive.
When you read Jesus’ words here, where He promises that from the innermost being of the one who believes in Him will flow rivers of living water, you have to stop and ask, “To what extent is that true of me? Since I trusted in Jesus as my Savior, has it been my experience that ever-flowing, abundant rivers of living water have gushed up inside of me and flowed out of me?”
Those questions are both convicting and hope-producing.
They are convicting because none of us, if we’re honest, can say, “Yes, those words nail it! That’s exactly how to describe my life since becoming a Christian!” Honesty forces me to say, “Well, there has sometimes been a trickle of living water, and there have been some droughts where “the flow” has seemed to completely dry up. Occasionally, there has been a creek of living water, but flowing, abundant rivers? It would be a stretch to describe my Christian life like that!” So Jesus’ words convict me.
But Jesus’ words also give me hope. If my life doesn’t match His description here, it can! So can yours! This is a promise from the Son of God to all who will come to Him and drink: Out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water.
This Sunday, as we observe and celebrate communion, we will consider together what it looks like to have rivers of living water flowing out of us, why it’s important, and how we can experience it on a more consistent basis.
This will be a sweet time of worship, remembrance, conviction, hope, and fellowship.
Please plan to be in your place this Sunday morning.