Day 10 Devotional: "The Holy Spirit" John 7:37-39 click for online Bible
"...If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart flows rivers of living water.' Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive..."
The late brilliant theologian and pastor, James Montgomery Boice, was an incredibly strong intellectual and a staunch Calvinist. But when he approached this passage of Scripture, he wrote: "Do not say, 'But what am I to believe? What doctrines must I accept?' That will come in time, but it is not the step for you to take now. If you are thirsty, come to Jesus." Don't over think it-just come to Jesus. To "drink" of Jesus means to receive him fully, as we do when we trust him as our Savior, but it also means to allow Christ's righteousness to work in us and through us as we allow him to be Lord of our everyday lives. But is the only goal of Jesus' teaching in this passage just for our personal salvation and satisfaction? No. The flowing out of the Holy Spirit through us to other people seems to be God's ultimate purpose. Somehow, the Holy Spirit helps us to get outside of ourselves-to get out of our own way so to speak, and to become useful to God in loving and serving others.
Come to Jesus. Appropriate Jesus' righteousness into your everyday life. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you as you seek to become useful in serving God in a way that truly pleases him.
Father God, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, thank you for allowing me to come to you. Thank you for satisfying my thirst. Thank you for allowing me to be pleasing to you by allowing the Holy Spirit to flow through me and out to other people. Amen.
~Barry Duwe, PCOS Elder
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