This morning, I was reading in Zechariah. I love this quote from the Lord.
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”Zechariah 13:1
Isn’t that beautiful? A fountain will be opened. It is for people. Specifically, the fountain is opened to cleanse people. I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few days where I am feeling guilty over my past, and wishing I could go make and make different decisions than I made. What I find truly beautiful is that God wants to give me a fountain so that I won’t stand with the grime of yesterday’s failures on me anymore. God wants to give a fountain to wash you. To cleanse you.
Then Zechariah says,
“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
The fountain cleanses us, but it does even more. The fountain is pouring out living water that rushes east and west. It does not dry up in the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter.
Now one of the things that I’ve just gotten used to over the years is the phrase, “living water.” I grew up in the church, so I heard it a lot. But this is really a fascinating way to talk about water. That it is living. Seriously, that is exciting to me. I drink something that is full of passion, joy, hope, and a vibrant faith. The water isn’t just allowing me to live (because I need water to stay alive), but the water is actually bringing me to life because the water is more alive than I am. When I am stuck in my past failures, the living water that flows from this one fountain is available to me.
Now, it connects as I hear Jesus say,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38
I knew that Jesus was the fountain, but come on. Let’s be real. This is amazing. Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink! Faith causes rivers of living water to flow within you and I. So as we go East and West, we are carrying the living water in us. We are the river.
In Christ, we move from going to the fountain to become cleansed, to being rivers of water that are carrying the cleansing, refreshing, living water that will change lives.
Most of the time, I write about doing something different. My encouragement to you today is do something different from normal. If you’re always going, take some time today, and let your heart feel the fountain of God’s grace. Receive something. Instead of running so quickly to give, how about by faith you receive, and then what you give will be from the overflow of what you’ve been given. The well doesn’t have to run dry, when there is a fountain that doesn’t stop flowing. Can you give yourself permission to receive the fountain of God’s everlasting grace, love, joy, passion, hope, and life in your heart today? Can it cleanse your mind? Can the water redeem your soul? God says so. Can you receive what God has for you? Believe God and receive the living water today.