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Spilling Into Empty Cups

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

I stepped outdoors for a scant moment. Then I noticed some of my flower plants were beginning to look withered, their soil dry to the touch. "This will never do," I said, "The flowers need to be enlivened, watered before they die altogether!"

The Holy Spirit reminded me instantly of the Living Water our loving God provides to keep us alive and going. How exactly do we keep receiving the Living Water of Jesus to nourish and assuage our thirst?

The living Word of God shows us how. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." (John 4:10)

Jesus repeated Himself with those who came to Him asking, "What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?" (John 6:30) "And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst'." (John 6:35)

Just as I take the garden hose and turn on the faucet to water the flowers, so I approach the person who thirsts for spiritual water to point the way to Jesus, and let Him fill the new believer with His Living Water.

Surely those of us who are already filled and overflowing with the Living Water have an obligation to those around us who are dry, depressed, seeking for something more than what they now have. We all are given moments of time when God presents us with the opportunity to share His mysteries with others. Because we have that Living Water, the joy of the Lord, His strength gives us the needed boldness to lovingly touch the person in need.

Ask yourself, what is it I have that will lift up someone who doesn't know Jesus? What personal experience have I to share from my life, pointing with authority to the One whose "Living Waters" have kept all of humanity alive and growing? Then ask God to fill you again so you can reach into someone who will allow the Spirit to fill him as well.

Allow your overflow to spill into those emptied cups that others may never thirst.

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