I believe that in our culture, we’ve made Christianity casual. We hear that we can listen and obey God if we want to but you know, we don’t have to; just pray a prayer and we’ll go to heaven when we die, and between now and then everything will be just fine.
But God created us to do more than just live—He wants us to flow. When God created humans, He made us in His image to be reflections of Him to the rest of the earth. At our beginning, humans were in perfect unity with God. But then, sin entered the picture. When we sin, it means we miss the mark of God’s glorious standard. And that sin, those misses in our lives, separate us from God.
Imagine that God is a pipe with water flowing through it. We were created to continue that flow of water. But our sin cuts us off from the rest of the pipe; God is still flowing, but we’re just a piece of pipe with no connection to the water source. So how are we supposed to flow if we aren’t connected to God?
John 7:37-39—On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
Jesus is the connector that glues us back to God. He is the well of living water that will never run dry. Ask yourself: is God flowing through me? Have I made the connection? When our lives are flowing, we do more than just live–we can fulfill the purpose that God set in place for us long ago.
You can’t duct tape your way to God with things like attending church, doing good deeds, taking communion, or giving money. Those are all good things, but they don’t fix the real problem in our lives—our sin. But when we put our faith in Jesus, He forgives us of our sin. By giving our lives over to Him, we’re teaming up with Him to allow the fresh, living water of God to flow through us.
Watch the full teaching for Forgiven to Flow.