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I love this song. It reminds me that eternal life isn’t simply some amount of time i’ll spend in heaven after I die. Eternal life is a person, Jesus Christ (John 1:4, 5:26, 11:25). When someone prays to receive the Lord and to be born again or regenerated, they are actually receiving the eternal life of God into them. WOW! That is amazing. Can you imagine? The God of the universe wants to put His very life inside of measly little sinners like us. Incredible.
But God has no intention of stopping with us. He wants to flow out of us and into other people. This is the topic of my morning devotional this week that some of us in Christians on Campus are going through.
In 1 John 5:14-16 we see John’s word concerning how to take care of a brother who is sinning a sin “not unto death.” John tells the reader that “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask and he will give life to him, to those sinning not unto death” (v. 16). GIVE LIFE TO HIM. How in the world am I supposed to give life, eternal life, to someone else??? This sounds awesome, and it’s pretty amazing that the Bible says we can participate in this, but how?
Our devotional says “If we enjoy eternal life and experience it, surely we shall be able to channel this life to others. We shall be able to minister eternal life to other members of the Body.” In John 7:38 Jesus tells a huge crowd of people “He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
Jesus gave a similar declaration to the Samaritan woman in John 4:13-14. ”Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again, But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water spring up into eternal life.” So here we have a connection between the eternal life of God and the living water. The living water is the life of God experienced by us! Hallelujah!
Back to John 7:38. I have heard this verse explained by saying that the rivers are actually the various divine attributes of God (love, light, etc.) spreading into our soul (which is awesome), but this devotional expounded it in a different way. It says “In chapter seven the living water is not only in us, but it also has become rivers of living water. It flows out of us into others and supplies others with life and satisfies their thirst. God is not satisfied with us only having His life; He wants His life to flow out of us.”
This was a completely new view on the rivers of living water in John for me. Totally caught me off guard, but this is exactly what 1 John is talking about, this is the life that we can minister to our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
The devotional continues:
“Today God is seeking people into whom He can dispense Christ’s life more and more so that they can supply others with His life. Life needs channels, and God wants men to be the channels through which His life can flow to others. May the Lord gain us so that we can have a life-supplying ministry and supply others with life.”
Oh Lord! Make me a person that You can flow through! I don’t want to bottle You up inside of me! Make me a channel of life! I want to flow out to my coworkers! To my family! To my friends!
“Eternal life not only takes care of our own need; it also takes care of the need of the fellow members around us. It overcomes death within us, and it overcomes death within our brothers. Especially, it overcomes death in those who are weak or who have problems.”
Both of my parents are psychologists. They know how to give therapy and talk people into feeling better. But I can’t do that. I don’t like doing that. People and their problems scare and intimidate me because I don’t know what to say or what to do. But I’m so encouraged by this word! People don’t need me! They don’t need my good advice or similar experiences! They just need God! God is the only One that can meet everyone’s every need! I just need to flow out the God that I have been enjoying! This is so sweet! I’m no therapist, but I can be a channel of life! Hallelujah!
(Me trying to give therapy ^)