Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fountains of Endless Life

By Averette (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
by Gregory A. Johnson

The Spirit of the Living God brings us fountains of endless life (Click to tweet). Take a moment and allow those words to sink into the deep regions of your intellect, flooding your being with peace and joy, flowing through you like a spring gushing forth with fresh, cool, clear, sparkling water.

She had been searching for something in life that she could never find. She sought fulfillment in relationship after relationship, only to find that they often led to and ended in hurt. Married five times and currently living with another, she was wearied and worn, emotionally and mentally spent. Her life had become as empty as the dry and waterless vessel that she carried that morning to draw water from the well.

Sitting at the well, talking to her with a caring heart that she had never sensed in another man, Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life” (John 4:13-14, MSG).

Jesus described everything she had been looking for all her live, but had never found. It was an encounter that changed her life forever. She didn't go looking for Jesus, but Jesus went out of his way to find her, revealing to her grace and the truth of vigorous and never-ending life that is found in his kingdom.

Jesus speaks the same words today. His words are not only truth, but they are also everlastingly eternal. He freely gives the Spirit of the Living God to each one when he or she decides to follow him, putting the world behind them and the cross before them, receiving his grace, love, and forgiveness, allowing his spirit to empower and transform.

Consider the words Jesus chooses to use: “never thirst,” “artesian spring,” “gushing fountains,” “endless life.” This is the work of the Holy Spirit. This is what the Spirit of the Living God brings to us. This is the Spirit of Christ working in us throughout this life, giving us hope, peace, comfort, and strength, building endurance in us so that we can finish the race and receive the prize of eternal life with the one we follow—Jesus Christ.

Beloved, today you can drink deeply of this fountain of living water that Jesus freely gives to his followers, realizing the gushing fountain of endless life that the Spirit brings. Receive the refreshing and rushing water that saturates our dry and brittle soul, enabling us to recognize the grace that is ours in Jesus. It is life-changing, empowering, and never-ending.

Be refreshed, renewed, and revived (Click to tweet).

Know that you are loved,

gaj


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