“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.”
The Holy Spirit is not given to us as our own private possession and only for our own blessing. God always has a greater vision than that. His vision encompasses the whole world.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus also taught His disciples that they were the ‘light of the world’ a description that had been given to Him. It is clear that it is the light of Christ within us that is to shine out and be a source of hope and life to those around us.
The picture of ‘streams of living water’ is extremely attractive – particularly to thirsty and footsore travellers. Jesus invitation, commencing with the word ‘anyone’ makes it clear that there is no exclusivity involved. The gift is for all ‘whoever’ will believe.
It is important that we remember that whatever situation we may encounter today, and whatever rooms we may walk into, the Holy Spirit is looking for an opportunity to flow out and touch someone’s life. We should be prepared to open the ‘gates’ to allow it to happen. It starts with silently praying for those we meet and then taking whatever loving action is prompted by the Spirit. We all can be the vehicle of a blessing today.
And as the Spirit flows from us He also flows in a fresh stream into us.
Look with God-directed eyes, pray with God-prompted hearts, reach out with God-empowered words and hands.
Holy Spirit please fill me with this ‘living water’ of Your presence – and flow from me into the lives of those around me who so need Your blessing. Amen.