Today I am going to deal with what I call “Inside out refreshment – what is on the inside vs. what is on the outside.”
My cat, Moose, really goes after the condensation on the outside of my half liter bottle of Diet Coke. (It is my morning coffee.) His little tongue is just going 90 miles an hour, trying to get all the cold moisture off the outside of that bottle. I assure you, I don’t lick the outside of the bottle. I drink the cold drink inside, and it is good going down.
What all this brought to mind was about the refreshing streams of living water springing up inside of us, according to what Jesus said in John 7:38-39.
38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” 39He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. 40 On hearing these words, some of the people said, “This is truly the Prophet.”…
Sometimes we settle for spiritual condensation of someone else’s faith, or a religious high or some type of spiritual high we may have experienced at camp or in revival. These times are refreshing and needed at times, but they do not replace the Holy Spirit moving in and working on our lives, filling us joy and with the presence of God, springing up within us. In short, it is Jesus in us that makes the difference.
Wouldn’t it be good to take a few minutes and just drink in a big swig of Jesus, letting it go all the way down to the core of our heart? Jesus, come near. Fill my cup, Lord.