You are the first to know the good news: We have a new addition to our family!
Dexter is our new old cat. He weighs a hefty 400 pounds – at least it seems that way when he walks across my stomach at night. His coat is salt-and-pepper colored and he has a meow that could wake the dead.
He’s a good cat, but not without a few idiosyncrasies. He whines when scolded for climbing on the kitchen counter. He rejects his scratching post, but claws at the arm of the couch before he lays down on it. At night, if I don’t beat him into the bed, he insists on sleeping on my side. The worst offense of all is that he drinks from my cup of water on the nightstand when I re-fill it each night. Yuck!
Everyone likes a drink of fresh water, even Dexter the cat.
In the gospel of John, chapter 7, Jesus promised, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive (John 7:37-39).
The phrase “living water” refers to fresh water. When you are born again, there is a river of life which flows from your heart. Your heart is satisfied as the Holy Spirit fills you with His presence. This isn’t an experience for only a few of the saved; it’s the reality for everyone who believes in Me.
But notice what Jesus didn’t say: “You’ll keep the clean, refreshing water to yourself.” Instead, living water, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, will flow out through us. When we are regenerated, we become a glass on God’s nightstand, filled with the Spirit, by which He invites others to drink and be satisfied.
I’ll keep filling my water glass each night, and Dexter will keep drinking out of it. At the same time, the Holy Spirit will continue to use me as a witness for Jesus, drawing others to Himself.
** Oh, the picture above is of my son Daniel. He’s not new; he’s old now. I just used his photo to trick you into reading this.