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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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.