A thought about John 7…
Posted on February 29, 2012
John 7:37-39 states: “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
A few things to take note of in this passage. First, thirst describes someone who doesn’t yet trust and believe in Jesus. Being thirsty doesn’t describe a believer. Jesus goes on to say, whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him. Think about that. Simple trust in Jesus brings you from drinking (receiving) His presence to becoming a drink for others. What actually begins to happen is you love being around unbelievers or believers that don’t know their identity in Christ yet, because you literally begin to release His life and presence by faith, and they begin to think differently, and trust more deeply. Actually ministering to people becomes so much fun because you are now an outflow or a dispenser of God’s grace, and you can’t give grace away without feeling the effects of it.
We don’t have to work ourselves up to love unbelievers. We just trust Jesus and simply believe we are in Him and He is in us. We enjoy our union with Him (Romans 6), and we begin to love being with people that are thirsty for living water. Don’t try harder to love people. Drink more deeply of the grace of God. Trust that you are experiencing Him, whether you feel it or not. Then watch as you are out with people. Watch as they light up when you talk. Watch as you begin to experience His presence in public simply because you are sharing what God has done for you, and what He has done for them. It’s all good news!