Have you ever noticed the nutritional contents of a bottle of water? If so, you may have wondered why something that contains 0g sodium, 0g fat, 0g protein, 0g carbs, and 0 calories is essential to sustain life. Furthermore, why does Jesus compare himself to such a drab drink? In the Gospel of John, Jesus states:
“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, KJV
To gain a better understanding of this comparison, let us examine some common characteristics of water, and how they compare to the nature of God’s spirit that lives within us.
Plain ‘ole water has no color, smell, or taste, and many people will reluctantly admit they do not drink the recommended daily amount (8 glasses) according to experts. Though this may be true, I think we all can agree that the consequences of not drinking water is definitely undesirable, and can contribute to some pretty nasty health issues.
According to Curiosity.com, our bodies are roughly 60-70% water. Of course, this percentage can change based on factors such as age, sex, and body composition. Most of our bodily functions depend on the presence of water. Without it, we would overheat, lose brain and digestive functions, and eventually die of dehydration. When God created us, he made us in his image and after his likeness, which means he literally placed himself inside of us via his spirit. Apart from God, we lose the capacity to be the best versions of ourselves. We become dried-up raisins instead of fresh, juicy grapes. God’s spirit animates us and gives us life. Paul states in the Book of Acts:
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”~Acts 17:28, KJV
Water is known to take the shape of its container. If it is allowed access, it fills all spaces and voids regardless of shape. When God created us, he intended to fill us with himself. For that reason, he created us with a void that was designed to be filled by him and him alone. This is why it is futile for us to fill ourselves with things that will eventually evaporate and leave us dehydrated and empty. Only God can truly satisfy us throughout the entirety of our lives, and perfectly fill the void.
Whenever we prepare to clean anything, water is usually one of the first things we need access to due to its unique ability to dissolve and dilute particles. Similarly, God’s spirit cleanses us from the stains of sin and dissolves the particles of iniquity. David knew this quite well as he penned,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”~ Psalm 51:10-11, KJV
Notice the reference in this verse to the holy spirit of God, and how he cleans us through and through. Like water, God’s spirit is the cleaning agent that daily washes us as we enter into his presence in worship.
Though water is essential to life, it can also be extremely destructive. For example, a small leak over time can wreak havoc in our houses. A tsunami after an earthquake can instantly level an entire city. When water is allowed access into a particular space, it seeks to fill that space completely due to its forceful flowing properties. This is what Jesus meant when he said from our bellies shall flow “rivers of living water.” In John 7:39, the Bible expressly states that Jesus was referring to the Holy Ghost. As God’s spirit fills us, eventually he seeks to fill the other voids around us, because he cannot be contained. If there are voids in our relationships, or our finances, or our ministries, he desires to address those issues, and to bring his healing hydration to everything that is connected to us.
In summary, Jesus could have chosen to compare himself to anything, but now we see why he chose water. He is simply the essential ingredient to life. No flashy colors or sweeteners. He simply is, and he wants to fill us and flow from us to others. Beloved, be filled with the spirit of God today. We were designed to hydrate the world with God’s love and his spirit. Every wound that life has inflicted upon us releases the flow of God’s spirit and affects the lives of others. The deeper the wound, the greater the flow. So, today, allow God to take off your cap of pride, pour you out, and hydrate the world!
I am Brian Evans, and as always, thank you for visiting Wisdom’s Quill.
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