Living Water

Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again … the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.—John 4:14

John 7:38 says, “The one who believes in Me … will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” The Amplified Bible translates this passage: “He who believes in Me … From his innermost being shall flow continuously springs and rivers of living water. But He was speaking here of the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him were afterward to receive.”

Are our lives truly like this? Do fresh springs flow out of us day after day? If not, why not? The answer is simple—there can be no outflow unless there is an intake. This is the rhythm of the Holy Spirit—intake and outflow. If there is more intake than outflow, then the intake stops; if there is more outflow than intake, then the outflow stops. The doors open inward to receive, only to open outward to give.

When we come to talk about life in the Spirit, we are not to think in terms of a reservoir which has only limited resources. Life is a channel, attached to infinite resources. The more we draw on these resources, the more we have. There is no danger of exhausting one’s resources. We do not have to hold back—for the more we give, the more we have.

Living on the overflow is what many of us lack today. A sign could be put up over our individual and collective lives saying, “Life Limited.” According to Jesus’ promise, however, when the Spirit comes, life is unlimited: “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” Not rivulets, not trickles, not brooks, not streams—but rivers. Rivers!


O God, help me to link my channel to Your infinite resources. Flow through me until I become a flowing river—no, an overflowing river. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Further Study

Ac 10:34-38; 1Co 3:16; 6:19; 2Tm 1:14

How did Peter link Christ’s work with that of the Spirit?

What has God made us to be?

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