Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as living and moving water.
At the Festival of Tabernacles, he referred to the Holy Spirit as “rivers of living water” flowing from believers. At the well with Photini, the Samaritan woman, Jesus said the Holy Spirit in her would become “a spring of water” welling up to eternal life. That is exactly what happened in her life. She converted her two sons and five sisters to Christianity, preached the gospel in Samaria for 30 years, then went to Carthage and finally Rome where Nero martyred her. The Orthodox Church reveres her as a Saint.
There is a reason Jesus used water to describe the Holy Spirit… in his land there are two bodies of water… the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of life and has water flowing in and out. The Dead Sea is dead, water flowing in but nothing flowing out.
Spiritually we are similar. At conversion we receive the Holy Spirit….and the Holy Spirit indwells us all of our life. But the power of the Holy Spirit flows in and out of us like water. That power changes lives around us, and the conduit through which it flows is love… it comes from our heart.
Some Christians are like the living Sea of Galilee… full of life, full of the love of Jesus, and changing lives around them. Some Christians are like the Dead Sea, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, living an ethical life, going to church on Sunday, but never sharing the love of Jesus and bringing others to salvation… they are the lukewarm Christians of Laodicea.
When we meet our maker, he is going to ask us… ”what kind of sea were you?”
SCRIPTURES: John 4:14, John 7:38, Revelation 3:14-22
PRAYER FOCUS: A Spirit Filled Life. (Ephesians 5:18)
The Master’s Gold. (Matthew 25:14-30)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Am I a conduit for the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing others to Christ?
~ Written by Gene Bennett