I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see,
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free.
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.
Spring up, O well, within my soul.
Spring up, O well, and make me whole
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly
“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.
But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water
springing up into everlasting life.”
John 4:14 NKJV
It’s that time again! Time to “spring forward” into longer (and blessedly warmer) days. Many high school students have already enjoyed time off for spring break, while college students look forward to having theirs in the first couple of weeks in March. Slowly but surely, buds are forming, which means flowers will begin to bloom. Grass is growing, and lawn mowers and leaf blowers can be heard in neighborhoods across the South.
Spring is a time of newness of life, when much of what has lain dormant during the cold winter months begins to come alive. And isn’t that just like our lives in Christ? Before we knew the Lord, we were dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1-3). We were bound in sin, held captive by the enemy of our souls to do his bidding instead of walking in the will of the Lord (2Timothy 2:26).
But God is so good—He didn’t leave us in our sin-laden, unregenerate state. When Jesus went to the Festival of Tabernacles in the book of John, chapter 7, He went up to the temple courts and began to teach. Controversy began to stir concerning where He obtained His knowledge and authority, and whether He was the Messiah.
Not wanting anyone to miss out on the benefits of His life-changing presence, the Apostle John describes Jesus’ words and actions in verses 37-38, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
These words were very similar to what Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4: “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Like the people at the feast, and like the Samaritan woman at the well, are you tired? Is your soul thirsty? Just as Jesus presented His hearers with the choice to accept His teaching and receive His words by faith, so He makes the same offer today.
If you don’t know the Lord, take the living water of everlasting life He offers. Allow the well of the Holy Spirit’s life-giving power to wash you and cleanse you from sin. Once you’re saved, join in with those who have already received the Lord Jesus by faith and rejoice! You have a river of life that’s always ready to “spring up” in your soul!