Posted by Ken Schmidt

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.                        John 7:37-39

If you are trusting in Christ, this passage presents you (and me) with an amazing promise and challenge.  The promise of the Holy Spirit is for everyone.  Jesus uses the concept/word of thirsting and water for spiritual desire and the Holy Spirit respectively.  He says, “Come to me thirsty and I will give you water that satisfies eternally.”  But, he doesn’t stop there.  He goes on to say that the water that he gives to the believer will flow out of the heart of that believer!  In other words, every believer is given the Holy Spirit, who satisfies our spiritual thirst.  In turn, the Spirit will also flow from our hearts.  Why?  So we can be satisfying people to others!  Jesus Christ gives every believer the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit satisfies our real thirst and gives us the more.  We are satisfied so we can by satisfying.  What does this look like in real-life?

  •     Let the “Fruit of the Spirit” feed those that are around you: may others be the recipients of your love, joy,    peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
  •     Greet one another (Rom. 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:20, 2 Cor. 13:12, 1 Pet. 5:14)
  •     Comfort one another (1 Thess. 4:18)
  •     Forgive one another (Col. 3:13)
  •     Build one another up (Rom. 15:2; 1 Thess. 5:11)
  •     Serve one another (Gal. 5:13)
  •     Bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)
  •    Encourage one another (Heb. 10:25)
  •    Meet with one another (Heb. 10:25)
  •    Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving towards one another (Eph. 4:32,
  •    Rom. 12:10)
  •    Receive (welcome) one another as Christ received us (Rom. 15:7)
  •     Care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25)
  •     Minister one to another (1 Pet. 4:10)
  •     Show hospitality to one another (1 Pet. 4:9)
  •     Pray for one another (James 5:16).

Soul-refreshed people are satisfied and satisfying!