Thursday, January 3, 2008
Jesus once said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said,out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38
Do you consider your life stagnant or would you consider it overflowing? Maybe it’s time to stop enduring religion and start enjoying a relationship.You’ll find then you will not just merely become a reservoir, but become a river.How does Jesus address this issue and what does He say about how to accomplish this?
Jesus watched as the Jews celebrated one of their great feasts, the Feast of Tabernacles.At the climax of the festivities, the priest went down to the pool of Siloam and filled a golden pitcher with water.The people followed him, leaping and dancing.As the priest came back to the temple, he poured the water on the altar.
They didn’t realize that this Old Testament ceremony prophesied the Lord Jesus. In fact, Jesus Christ Himself was that Well of salvation, yet they were paying no attention to Him.In their midst was the very Water of Life, but they were too busy going through their ritual and religion to notice.
Jesus saw the ceremony and their ecstasy, but He knew it was only a ritual and religious exercise. Jesus knew after it was over, they would go back to their homes,and it would all be a memory. He could contain Himself no more, and He stood and literally shouted, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.”
You must drink, and you do it by faith. There comes a time when we need to believe Him and say, “My heart is thirsty for the blessing. I will receive the Lord Jesus. I take Him by faith.”
Don’t come so close,yet miss Him. Stop enduring religion, and start enjoying a relationship. Come and drink from the Living Water. Once you drink, there will be in you a river of living water. And when the river begins to flow out of you, there will be life where there once was death. There will be fruitfulness where there was barrenness. The Holy Spirit in your life will cause you to be a blessing and to receive a blessing.