God’s living waters are flowing in the desert of this world and every community that becomes one with the cross (allowing God to strike judgment on their flesh in Christ) will become an outlet for this river. The question is: are we drinking from these living waters? The question is not “have we drunk from this river?” But rather are we drinking from this river? The Israelites of Moses’ generation drank from the river, but died in the wilderness. Why? Because they did not continue to drink from what God had done. Therefore, they did not have the strength to last through the journey. They only began the race; they did not finish.
The only way we can make it through this journey is to continually ask God for his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” The Holy Spirit has been given to us to drink and only as we drink are we filled with the life and nature of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the same Spirit that anointed Jesus. And it is only possible to live like Jesus by his Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power and grace we are given to be Christ’s witnesses. Without him we can do nothing! The good news is the Father is more than happy to give us his Spirit. Jesus taught:
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Of if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13).
The classic mistake that we make when we read this passage is to think that once we have asked for the Holy Spirit, we do not need to ask anymore. Or once we have received the Holy Spirit, we do not need more of him. The Holy Spirit is like the bread Jesus told us to pray for daily: we continually need a fresh flow of his Spirit in our lives. I ask for the Holy Spirit each day to fill and empower me, and I am confident that more than any other prayer, the Father loves to answer this one. Are you asking? Are you drinking?