Thursday, June 1, 2017
John 7:37-38: 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. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
There are a lot of sources of water out there. There is the water that comes through the city or county, or special utility district. There is water in lakes and rivers and streams. There is bottled water from all different companies and many and various places. The water from these sources will "quench your thirst." Water will keep you healthy and hydrated.
At the same time, natural water won't do what "living water" does. "Living water" will quench the thirst of the soul. "Living water" will bring life to a parched soul that is dying without Jesus' salvation and life. "Living water," that is the grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love that is God through Jesus restores the soul. That is why Jesus is proclaiming, "Come to me." Only Jesus has this water for us.
And through faith in Jesus, we pour out the "living water" to those around us who are struggling with life, those who think that they're in good shape with God because they're "good people," and those whose lives around devoid of living because they're trapped in their possessions. We pour out through faith, through lives that are hydrated on the grace, mercy, life, and forgiveness of God, the "living water" that will hydrate souls struggling with pain, that will water lives to trust in the works of God and not their own, and that will fill them with life based upon the riches of Jesus and not their own. Dear God, lead us to come to Jesus by Your Holy Spirit. And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.