“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7.38 NIV).
I found myself at the center of a majestic water garden. Tiers of intricate cement stacked themselves one upon another with the angular purpose of allowing the water to charge down like an urban waterfall. I carefully jumped from one giant block to the next, delving deeper into the center of the roaring cascades. I loved the numbing noise. My constant inner analyzing and dialogue halted for the moment as I soaked up the deafening quiet.
Once I got to the core of the water garden, my eyes beheld a 360 view of the force and beauty of the thundering water. Thousands of gallons of glittering liquid circulated down the concrete structure before being sucked into the foundation and pushed back up the stony wall.
I thought of the Living Water. Living Water is the Spirit of God poured out onto the earth through the Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. We live in the New Testament age that the prophets of old longed for and wrote about. We rest in the Great Sabbath because Jesus reconciled us and all the earth back to the Father.
“On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter” (Zechariah 14.8 NIV).
The rushing water seemed alive, so I leaned in to touch the glossy facade. I noticed debris speckling the brilliant surface of the water, and indignation rose up in my spirit. It felt unjust that the immaculate image would be blemished by a few fragments.
But then God gave me a metaphor for the Living Water flowing within me. God is perfect, and His Spirit rushes through my spirit and life, pouring out His love, grace and purpose. Since I am not perfect, that Living Water will be marked with my flaws and weakness. What I choose to focus on will dictate my view.
Will I stare only at my mistakes or will I behold the greatness of God in my life? Truth is those mistakes are automatically wiped clean in the eyes of God. Only natural eyes can see them now. If I could glimpse through the Mind of Christ, they would no longer be there. God’s Spirit is holy and He can only encompass those who have been purified.
Will I trust my carnal eyes or will I trust the Word of God which declares that I have been made perfect and holy, now and forever? Jesus took all my sins, died with them and left them in the grave when He rose again. The proof that Jesus’ Finished Work on the Cross triumphed is that I have the indwelling of God’s Spirit. I am beautiful in the sight of God.
“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time” (Hebrews 10.10 NLT).