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By LISA SCARBOROUGH
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38
Here in beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska, we have had a wonderful, warm, but very dry summer and fall. We are used to having more than enough rain or to put it another way, way more rain than we could ever want each year. So running out of water is a big deal and doesn’t happen in our little bit of paradise very often. So as much as we have enjoyed sunshine galore we really need the rain. We need water to drink, to shower and all our other ways we use water in daily life. We also need our lakes full to the brim so that we can enjoy affordable electrical power.
Water is a basic need of life for us all. Live Science says on their website that a person will last two to seven days without water. And we would prefer that no one goes too long without a shower or cleaning their clothes!
But as much as we need fresh clean water coming down from the skies above, we need the living water that Jesus provides even more. Because after this life is over that living water that comes through the Holy Spirit to us when we are saved keeps us alive eternally in the presence of the God of the universe. In John 7:38-39, Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
In Jesus’ statement to the Samaritan he met at the well he declares himself to her as the messiah that is coming and tells her that he brings water that will never run dry from within ourselves if we believe he is the son of God.
What a feeling of life and refreshment the living water Jesus provides brings to us each day. This spiritual gift from the Lord is what keeps our spirits uplifed, our joy fulfilled and our energy renewed.
Life is a challenge every day. Even when life is going along smoothly it is still challenging. So having the gift of living water to bring us rejuvenation and refreshment whenever we need it is something to be very thankful for.
I really enjoyed the summer, my husband and I completed many projects around our home. And it is good to be able to sit back this winter and know that the house is in good shape, the drains work well, the roof and gutters are new and all that rain we are going to get at some point soon will run off down the hill and into the ocean.
But I am even more thankful for the living water I have running through my spirit and life that provides me with all the good things of the Lord. So open your heart and mind to the gift from Jesus, living water that brings spiritual life to eternity.
Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.