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Beautiful Vessels

Read John 4:7-14 - the Samaritan woman at the well

On the last day, the climax of the holidays, Jesus shouted to the crowds, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me." (He was speaking of the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him; but the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet returned to his glory in heaven.) John 7: 37-39 (TLB)

Hank DeGraaff lives in Michigan. When his children were young, he showed them an interesting experiment he had heard about. Hank cut a few wildflowers called Queen Anne's lace and placed several of them in three different glasses of water. He left one glass with clear water, added a few drops of red food coloring to the second glass, and a few drops of blue food coloring to the third. The next morning the flowers in the clear water were still their original white color, but the ones in the red water had turned red and the ones in the blue water had turned blue.

Just as the water is drawn into the flowers, we need to draw Christ's living water into our lives. As the Holy Spirit flows into us, we are changed and empowered to be more Christlike, to do the will of God just as Jesus did. The Spirit can change us to be beautiful vessels of honor for God. As we continue to draw that living water of the Holy Spirit into our hearts through Bible study and prayer, we continue to grow in Christlike beauty.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we pray for your living water to make us more like you each day, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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