On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)
The Dead Sea is quite a unique place. At almost 1400 feet below sea level it is the lowest elevation on land. It is also called the “Salt Sea” or the “Sea of Death”. It is very salty and very deep. The Jordan River is its major source of inflow. Its outflow is…well…there is no outflow. The Dead Sea takes in but does not give out. Evaporation is the only means of dispersing any of its water.
The Dead Sea has been used to describe fallen mankind’s relationship with our Creator. He pours into us His image, His love, His mercy, His grace, His salvation, His abundance, His purposes and His plans, and we take and we take, and we neglect, and we ignore, and we refuse our call and our responsibility (and privilege) to give anything out. And all that He intended for us evaporates into nothing but wasted lives. A bunch of dead seas. A pretty bleak picture is it not? But…
…In Christ and Christ in us we can receive all He has for us and be amazed as it flows through us out into the world. When we truly believe in Him we receive His Spirit and become flowing rivers of living water. That is awesome. That is the abundant life. That is Life! No more empty dispersion; no more Sea of Death.
Where are we today? Are we rivers of living waters or just dead seas?