So, if we believe in Jesus, we have rivers of living water inside us. Rivers! One river would be ridiculous but it is more than one!
Have we thought, really thought about this truth?
If rivers of living water are flowing out of me the people I come into contact with should be drenched with them. All parts of my life should be drenched with the rivers of living water.
Sometimes though people can mess with rivers. We dam them up. We direct them in new ways. We try to control them. Sometimes this works. Other times it is catastrophe.
Think about this too: there are constant currents in a river flowing away from its source to its ultimate destination. Even when the river appears calm the force of those unseen currents is powerful, nothing to forget about. How much more so is the Spirit of God, those living rivers in us!
I honestly don't know if those rivers of living water in me are drenching people and life around me. I so hope so. My job isn't to know this. My job is to just let those rivers flow. My job is to not dam it up but let them have their way.
How do we dam up those living waters? There are many ways. Here are a few:
Being self centered in any way.
Being bitter, resentful, petty.
Being unbelieving and impatient.
Being focused on ourselves and what we want rather than on God and loving those He puts in our lives.
Anything that takes our eyes off of God might be damming up those Rivers.