“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.'” John 7:37-8
The invitation is for all but not everyone will “come and drink”. We can’t force anyone to drink, but we can drink for ourselves to the point we overflow and others who have forgotten, neglected, or just don’t know how drink spiritually are preserved. The word “heart” in the greek is “koilea” where we get our word “coil”. It means the innermost part of a coil. That’s where this living water later described by Jesus as the Spirit; He will meet us at the deepest part of our coil (heart). When we spend time letting God’s Word read us He speaks to areas of our heart no one else could understand and we ourselves could never explain. There’s no counselor or therapist in the world who can do that. At their best efforts they hack at the leaves but never touch the root. Emergency services is much the same way, it’s very very important but not the solution to the root problem. When we realize God speaks to us like this spending time in the Word becomes quite awesome.
I have a 1 month challenge for you. Every day spend a few moments in the gospel of John and read. Read a couple chapters and when a verse or part of a verse grabs your attention write it down at the top of your journal. It may just be a couple words. Then scribble a couple observations about what you see there. Finish with a written prayer. At the end of your first week read back through your entries and write a bit about how you see all those verses speaking to you. If this changes your life I want know about it. I highly doubt you will ever regret this challenge, and living water will be flowing out of your own life, and you will realize God chooses you to be overflowing for others.
Father thank you for this invitation. Help us learn how to drink and give us alertness to what You are saying to the deepest part of us only You can understand. He who has ears to hear let him hear. Amen
(this is the same format I use for these short devotionals)