‘Whoever has the water, has life’ – Simon Reeve
The above is a quote from Simon Reeve’s travel series ‘Australia.’ Travelling through the outback, stopping off at some vineyards, he recognised the necessity of water to live, to make wine, to tend to the harvest of grapes… Whilst the grapes thrive in warmth, they also need the all essential water to truly thrive. When the water is not readily available, farming the vineyard becomes a difficult task. Those who can harness the water well, and use it well, can bring life to their Vineyards.
We can kind of relate a bit more to the experience of the Australian Vineyard owners. Having gone through 2-3 months of hot weather, with very little rain, we have felt the pinch of drought in the UK. It’s relative of course, and is in no way similar to the experiences of hot/dry/arid countries.
(Having visited Israel and experienced the intense dry heat you realise why water and rain were talked about so much in the Bible.)
Jesus, addressing the crowds at the Festival of Tabernacles, stood up and announced that whoever believed in Him would have streams of living water coming from within them.
Living water. Water contains oxygen, zinc, calcium, magnesium… All essential minerals for the survival of life. But Jesus wasn’t referring to good old British tap water. He was referring to the essence of life itself: the Holy Spirit.
On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says…”
(John 7:37-39 MSG)
Those who believe in Jesus would contain wells of the life-giving Holy Spirit. This well is for the life of those who contain it but also for those whom they come into contact.
If you are in Jesus today, you contain life-giving springs that are for the blessing of the nations. You contain the very essence of life itself… The Holy Spirit.
Where are the vineyards you are tending to at this present time? Are you channelling the water well?
Life without the Spirit is dry, arid, barren and fruitless.
He/she who has the water (of the Spirit) has life…
God bless you