The need for living water

It’s not unusual for me to ask for things when my wife and I are out shopping. One store we visit a few times a year is IKEA. The common item I request at that store is cinnamon rolls. If you have ever been to IKEA you know what I’m talking about. On a trip a couple of years back my request was for a ‘lucky bamboo’. To my surprise she agreed to letting me buy one. They come in a little plastic tube with some water and are about the easiest house plant to keep alive. All you have to do is put it in a container with fresh water and change the water weekly or put it in a feature that the water either moves or is oxygenated.

IMG_2142So I followed the instructions, well, sort of. That is I changed the water when I remembered to. One day just before Easter My wife asked why the bamboo plant had turned yellow. The thought occurred to me that the water had not been changed since around New Year. When I drained the water the most obnoxious odor hit me. The plant was literally rotting. Without fresh oxygen getting to the roots the plant died. The poor thing literally suffocated in its vase. Because it never showed signs of wilting I assumed it was okay.
I remember reading somewhere that moving water is also referred to as living water. That makes sense because anytime water sits without being stirred for long periods of time it will stagnate. Spiritually speaking a similar thing happens to us when we don’t allow ourselves to be refreshed by God’s word and the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised us living water as is recorded in John 7:37-39; On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) 
The first reference in scripture about living water is found in Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me- the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! 
It is sad to me that some who appear to be healthy are dying of spiritual root rot. By following deceptive teachings and self-centered ideology some have abandoned a true God. Unlike my un-lucky bamboo plant, there is hope and restoration for a thirsty soul. Simply return to Jesus the provider of living water.
Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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2 Responses to The need for living water

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the inspiring message, to grow in Jesus. I pray for ability to receive the living water, for myself and others. Thank you.


  2. Excellent post. Interestingly I am taking a few minutes from from getting ready for church to respond. Our church? NewSpring!


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