Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
– John 7:37-39
I’ve mentioned that Jesus taught His disciples to think more spiritually about life. In this world, we are accustomed to dealing with what we can see and touch. This is a limited way of thinking and it certainly did not serve Eve well. It’s in our interests to consider also what God says because He speaks truthfully about those aspects of creation that are not accessible by our five physical senses.
The imagery that Jesus is using in this passage leads us to recognize that the human heart is often a desert in desperate need of water. Through the Holy Spirit whom God has made to dwell within us, we have fresh water constantly available to us.
This water becomes accessible to us as we glorify Jesus. There was first the glorification that actually happened to Jesus: His resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, and His coming in glory as the King of the kingdom of God. Then also is our recognition of this glory. Jesus can be glorified without our individually knowing about it or acknowledging it.
Jesus has been glorified to the fullest extent. There is no honor that yet awaits Him. Through coming to earth and rising back to His place of authority He has earned supreme honor in heaven and on earth. Nevertheless, we human beings are still growing in our apprehension of His glory.
As we grow in our perception of Jesus’ glory, so also will the thoughts of the Spirit flow into our hearts. If our perception of His glory should dim because we pay excessive attention to worldly things, then the flow of His Spirit in our hearts commensurately subsides. Therefore, let us seek to grow from one day to the next in our appreciation of Jesus’ glory that our hearts may not be parched with dryness. Rather, may they be a watered garden.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let me see You as You are…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)