Daily D – John 7:37-39
John 7:37-39 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) (NLT)
Jesus is refreshingly different. His best gift becomes richer when passed along. We see this in John 4 when he offered Living Water to the woman at the well. She extended the gift to her village. Everyone benefited from her transformation.
Transformed people are God’s ambassadors of transformation. Those refreshed by Living Water refresh others.
We meet many thirsty people day by day. Let the river flow!
A young man began a new job with essential health and safety guidelines. His second round of training came after he came up short on his first experience. A second tutorial slowed down the whole operation. It was an opportune moment for a customer to act like a jerk. Or, it was an opportune moment to let the river flow.
An appointment was scheduled. Important work was required. The team arrived hours early, did not expeditiously correct the issues they discovered, and stayed longer than if they had followed a better protocol. It was an opportune moment to point out the faults. Or, it was an opportune moment to let the river flow.
A woman needing a nap sat on a plane next to a man in need of conversation. Hours later, she handed him her Bible after walking him through God’s story of transforming grace. It was an opportune moment to focus on herself as she prepared to lead training for a dozen or more key leaders. Or, it was an opportune moment to let the river flow.
What God pours in, pour out to others. You will be doubly refreshed.
I will let the river flow!
Our Father, pour into my life the fullness of your Spirit. Empower me for every encounter with thirsty people today. Use me to refresh them with your transforming grace. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.