Living Water

Oct 01

Living Water

My Marathon Countdown – 11 days!

I’m thinking a lot about water these days. Mostly because I realize I’ve allowed myself to get dehydrated with all this walking, and it’s affecting everything I do -or attempt to do. Physically, it’s not difficult to get myself a glass of water, but I’m often too busy, distracted, or even just plain lazy, and so I don’t drink enough.

There are consequences to not drinking enough.

Jesus uses water as a metaphor for our life in God in the Bible. He calls Himself living water, and says also that streams of living water will flow out of us when the Spirit is allowed to move through us.

Hudson Taylor was a big fan of that verse, and has some wonderful wisdom to share with us about it:

“In the 7th chapter of John, 38th and 39th verses, Jesus says, ‘He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.'”

“It seems to me we have got about three classes of Christians: the first class, in the 3rd chapter of John, were those who had got to Calvary and there got life. They believed on the Son and were saved, and there they rested satisfied. They did not seek anything higher. Then in the 4th chapter of John we come to a better class of Christians. There it was a well of living water bubbling up. There are a few of these, but they are not a hundredth part of the first class. But the best class is in the 7th chapter of John: ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ That is the kind of Christian we ought to be…

“A great many think because they have been filled once, they are going to be full for all time after; but O, my friends, we are leaky vessels, and have to be kept right under the fountain all the time in order to keep full. If we are going to be used by God we have to be very humble. A man that lives close to God will be the humblest of men. I heard a man say that God always chooses the vessel that is close at hand. Let us keep near Him.”

(from Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret)

Amen. Let us keep near Him!


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