Overflow

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  (Luke 4:14-21)
 
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water … 13 Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:10-14)
The Dead Sea is called the Dead Sea for a reason. There is no life in it. The water that flows into the Dead Sea from the River Jordan is beautifully clear, but the Dead Sea is like a dead-end road. It allows water flow to into it but it doesn’t let any water flow out of it, and as a result its waters are bitter, salty, and unable to support life.

That’s why we need to read the words of Jesus closely in Luke 4, because it is easy for our own lives to become like the Dead Sea. I have really enjoyed the Enjoy The New You series. I have personally found it life-transforming in quite a few areas, but Jesus doesn’t simply tell us that he came to transform us. He tells us that the Holy Spirit came upon him so that he could proclaim God’s freedom to the people all around him and that, by implication, the Holy Spirit also comes upon us today so that we can proclaim God’s freedom to the people around us. If we turn our Christian faith into something that is all about ‘God and me’, then we become like the Dead Sea. We become stagnant spiritually. But if we truly grasp what Jesus teaches us here, becoming channels of God’s living water to the world, then our lives flourish. God created us to be outward-looking people.

In his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus laid out his glorious vision for our lives. He has opened up a spring of living water in the heart of every believer. That living water is the Holy Spirit, who wants to flood our spirits, our souls and our bodies with the transforming power of Jesus. Then he wants to flow out of our bodies to those around us as we interact with them. We can block up that spring of water by turning inward and becoming self-absorbed. The Holy Spirit will still dwell within us, but our experience of him will become stale and stagnant until we allow his waters to flow through us again.

So as we come towards the end of this series of Everyday Devotions, take a moment to consider. How much are you like the Dead Sea and how much are you like the River Jordan? God is calling you to let his Spirit overflow.
  1. How free is the Holy Spirit to overflow from your life? When you read verses such as Luke 4:18-19, do you instinctively think of what it means for you, or what it means for others?
  2. In what ways are you in danger of ‘blocking up’ the spring of living water within you by not allowing the Holy Spirit to overflow from your own life into others?
  3. Looking at Luke 4:18-19, would you like the Lord to use you to overflow this good news to those around you? If you would, then tell him so today.
Lord Jesus, I thank you that you have promised to turn my heart into a spring of living water. Forgive me for blocking up that spring by thinking too much of myself and too little of those around me. Holy Spirit, I give you permission to overflow freely through me. May I truly experience you welling up within me and overflowing out of me in order to bring eternal life to those around me. Amen.
Today’s Everyday Devotions were written by Phil Moore, who leads our team of whole-church elders.
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