37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”
39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39 (ESV)
Jesus is still speaking to day. “Come to me all you who thirst and I will fill you. But why will you come with a small cup or perhaps a bottle? I will fill your cup and your bottle. If you bring a bucket, I will fill that.
But have you not read the scriptures that speak of rivers? Why will you be satisfied with a cup when you can have rivers? Whatever you bring, I will fill. Why will you bring so little to Me?’
Think about large tanks. Think about trucks that deliver petrol to garages. If you take a small can to fill up with petrol, it will fill in a few seconds. If you bring a small car, it will fill in a couple of minutes. If you bring a large four wheel drive vehicle or a truck, it will take some time.
If you want to expand your capacity for God and His blessings and supply, you need to spend serious time seeking and receiving the Spirit of God. How thirsty are you?
We cannot earn God’s favour or His blessings. Everything we have from God is a free gift. Everything is from God’s grace. That means God’s favour which can never be deserved.
But it takes an act of the will to open yourself to receive from God and it takes time to receive and absorb God’s blessing. God’s blessing is not just something He adds to you that leaves you the same.
When God blesses you deeply, His blessings change you and make you like Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (ESV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (ESV)