John 7:37-39 – “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” NKJV
Rivers of Living Water flowing from our innermost being into the outworking of our lives is what Jesus is talking about. It is the outflow of the Life of Christ being demonstrated in our lives in such a tangible and visible manner that everyone who meets us, watches us, sees us, and interacts with us knows that there is something different about us and that something different is the outworking of the Spirit of God flowing through our lives.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” NKJV The optimum words are “hunger” and “thirst” but not just hungry and thirsty for anything it is for Righteousness! Oh, we hunger and thirst for a lot of things, and too often it is selfish and self-centered desires that we focus on. We live in a “What’s In It For Me?” world and God wants us to live in a “God-centered World.”
If I am truly hungry for the things of God and truly thirsty for the life-giving flow of the Spirit of God to the point that it consumes me – I Will Be Satisfied! I Will Be Filled! At that point, others will notice and know that there is something different about me.
I’ve experienced that in the workplace where people told others, “There is something different about Roy.” I didn’t have to go around preaching all the time and pointing out sin, etc. I just lived in such a manner, worked in such a manner, and conducted myself in such a manner that God was evident. Something was radiating from me that touched them. I’ve also had times when they didn’t notice anything because I got caught up in the conditions and circumstances and the Life of God didn’t flow freely through me. Those are times I regret and have repented of.
We should desire to be so saturated with God that our very presence brings the presence of God and that alone without any words from us touches lives. We can live there! We can live there and be normal people in a corrupt world. We can live there and not carry our Bibles around like a machete ready to chop the heads off of anyone who steps the least bit out of line. We can be normal but have, as was said of Daniel, “an excellent spirit in us.” Truthfully, we are the only Bibles that some people ever read, so we should all ask ourselves, “What is the Gospel according to our lives?”
May God be with you as you go through the day!