Often times those of us who are Christians neglect or forget the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. We wonder just how exactly He’s working in our lives. It can be hard to recognize what’s us and what’s Him. But that is only made worse by our neglecting Him.
What’s easy to recognize is that Jesus spoke of the Spirit as having a powerful and active presence in His people. Notice here in John 7, Jesus doesn’t tell us that we will have a dripping faucet of the Holy Spirit. He speaks of the Spirit as One that we “drink” and receive as “RIVERS of living water.”
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, `From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ “ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
We certainly don’t want to assign our fallen actions to the living God. But what a tragedy for Christians to not even pay attention to God within. What a sad thing that we as people can think so highly of ourselves that we cannot even differentiate between ourselves and God.
He works mightily within His people. Let’s make sure to give proper credit where credit is due. If we come to Jesus, and if we abide in Him and love Him, we will learn to appreciate the Rivers of Living Water that flow within the Christian soul.
It should be easy to remember when rivers flow within oneself.
In John 6 we read that the disciples were rowing across the water at night when they saw Jesus walking towards them on the water. And it frightened them.
It’s kinda like that with us and Jesus. We get to doing something and then all of a sudden God shows Himself in a way that we’ve never seen Him before. In a way we never thought possible.
Then we get scared. We think “surely it can’t be Him.” But God knows our fears, He knows our concerns. He comforts us by assuring us that it is indeed Him working in our lives. And then somehow we end up on the other side of the sea with the trouble behind us.
We should be careful not to wrongly attribute things to God. But we also need to learn how to recognize when it is indeed God’s hand that’s sweeping through our lives. We need to accept that there’s a lot more to God than we could ever know, that He is eternally capable of surprising us with new things about Himself.
And when we recognize Him, if we have trusted our all in Him, we can know that we need not be afraid.
Praise Him for His greatness!
I found a pretty cool Keith Green video today on Arron Chambers’ blog, and I thought it fit in well with the story here in John 4.
What do you do when you meet the Samaritan at the well? They all have the need for living water…
In John 4 we have the well known account of when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well. I wonder how many times we’ve gone over this story. I wonder how many times we’ve thought of ourselves as the woman…
I never picked up completely on her misunderstanding before. Jesus told her He would offer a water that would never leave a thirst. Water from a continual spring.
She responds in verse 13 with “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty…” I always skimmed over her answer and assumed that she was catching on. I thought it was obvious to her that Jesus was speaking of a spiritual water. But then I consider the rest of her reply, “… and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Her focus is still on a physical fulfillment.
Too many times I have done likewise. Jesus has promised me eternal things, and I mistake them for temporal gifts… things that will burn away. It’s hard, because we live in a culture where physical reward is king. Even much of the broadcasted preaching, from those who claim to have God’s message, is filled with this fallen focus. God doesn’t need to make us rich, powerful, popular or beautiful. There are plenty of those people in the world.
What God calls us to is something beyond this far country. Something that carries the scent of our true home. We must long for the spring of water that wells up to eternal life.
And we must be careful when we tell other people about the promises of God. The average person will be looking for physical gifts, things that can help them in their present circumstance (from an earthly point of view). We must shine in the darkness so people can see that their needs are beyond what is seen. So they can find the well that longs to eternally burst forth within them.
Can we see taste clearly enough to tell when the water is not from the physical well, but rather from the eternal well?