Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He that believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.”
(But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him were about to receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39
Does this characterize our lives?
I mean, when people meet us do they say, There’s rivers of living water flowing out of him!?
There is the principle of THIRST here : If anyone thirsts… It’s a Holy thirst, created by God, which draws people to Jesus.
Similarly, what governs WHERE the rivers of living water flow out of us to? They flow to the thirsty. Not to the self-satisfied.
This has been my experience in relating to people, both believers and unbelievers : that the “river” flows to the thirsty.
Therefore, often, there is no river flowing out of us to others.
It depends on the situation. Yet, there should always be a river of thanksgiving flowing out of us to the Throne of God.
This principle and this phenomenon, of rivers of living water flowing out from us, is the basis of HOW the church and Kingdom was always meant to function.