June 14, 2013
"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38).
Do you consider your life stagnant or would you consider it overflowing? Perhaps it’s time to stop enduring religion and start enjoying a relationship. You’ll find then you will not just merely become a reservoir, but become a river. How does Jesus address this issue and what does He say about how to accomplish this?
Jesus watched as the Jews celebrated one of their great feasts, the Feast of Tabernacles. At the climax of the festivities, the priest went down to the pool of Siloam and filled a golden pitcher with water. The people followed him leaping and dancing as the priest came back to the temple, he poured the water on the altar.
Jesus saw the ceremony and their ecstasy, but He knew it was only a ritual and religious exercise. Jesus knew after it was over—they would go back to their homes, and it would all be a memory. He could contain Himself no more, and He stood and literally shouted, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.”
Today, as then, we don’t need religion; we need a personal, vital relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It’s amazing how many people today try to find their own answers. Some look for answers intellectually. Others look for answers in activity by working harder. Others search for an emotional experience but find they need more each time. Still others look for answers as the Pharisees did ─ in the way they live ─ primarily noted by what they don’t do.
To find a relationship with Jesus, examine what He said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.” To whom Jesus is speaking? He’s speaking to thirsty people¾not just empty, but thirsty.
You also need to understand the source of that filling is Jesus ─ He was talking about Himself. Don’t wait until you are better or stronger. You’ll be like a man in quicksand. The more you struggle, the deeper you sink. Don’t work your way to Him ─ He is the Way.
Holiness is not the way to Christ; Christ is the way to holiness. Bring Him your weaknesses, fears, failures, and heartaches. Jesus throws open His arms to you today and says, “Are you thirsty? Come to me. ”
Not only do you come, you must drink ─ by faith. Many come to this point but stop.
Don’t come so close, yet miss Him. Stop enduring religion, and start enjoying a relationship. Come and drink from the Living Water. Once you drink, there will be in you a river of living water. And when the river begins to flow out of you, there will be life where there once was death. There will be fruitfulness where there was barrenness. The Holy Spirit in your life will cause you to be a blessing and to receive a blessing.