Sunday, May 22, 2011

Out of the Heart’s Overflow – Rivers of Living Water

“... while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water”.’

~John 7:37b-38 (NRSV).

So it is prophesied of the Spirit-filled Christian — one that hadn’t yet been realised.

Thus, as it has been 1,980 years since Jesus’ glorification (John 7:39), let it be so. Let it be that the Holy Spirit resident within each believer’s heart issue the power of love for these rivers of living water to flow outward, to overflow; without encumbrance.

Let the eternal river flow with compassion, empathy, tolerance, patience, kindness and joy.

Days of Culmination

Jesus selected the time for crying out this decree. In verse 37a, it was “the great day” (the last one) of the Feast of Tabernacles — one where, each day, water from the Pool of Siloam (a water for healing) would be carried back to the Temple as part of Hallel (praise) and Messianic tradition.

Water linked life and salvation.


God is always just in time.

Just as today is also that day — that day of our personal culminations — we shall stand at the ready to both receive the infill of the Spirit as the predication of God’s purpose in us, and to issue that overflow of “living water” in Jesus’ name.

This present hour, indeed, is ripe for such holy transactions; for transformation to occur from within us to remit life for others.

How we’re to praise God that we’re selected to be God’s agents for the overflow of blessing into others’ lives; that though we’re sons and daughters of the Most High God, we’re also slaves for the service of love toward humankind and the entire creation, and in that we’re intrinsically blessed.

Today is, eternally, “the great day.”

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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