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Saturday, June 11, 2011

PENTECOST SERMON
John 7:37–39
  "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink,” says Jesus, for “Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

Living water flows: it gurgles, it moves, it rushes by, it cascades and tumbles, sprays and froths and foams and splashes and swirls. Leaves float and spin and race upon it and twigs play in its current. Things live there in that living water; it teems with life, its life sustaining their life.

There is other water: stagnant, lifeless, murky and oxygen-starved, scum-filled and off-smelling. Rotten. It pools there and sits there fetid and foul.  It does not move. It does not flow. It is dead.  


"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink,” says Jesus, for “Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

To the thirsty Jesus offers living water in abundance until those who receive it are so filled, that this water flows out of them as gushing, rushing Spirit-filled rivers of grace and love: Love for God and love for others.

The question is: How thirsty are you?

Jesus has already told us about this water, back in John 4 and the story of the woman at the well. In that story a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."

The women could not comprehend the gift that Jesus was offering. She saw a well, the rope and bucket and – a very concrete and logical thinker. But Jesus suggests that she see not with her eyes but with her faith. Listen:

“The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? And Jesus offers that "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."

Now the woman doesn’t exactly understand what Jesus is talking about – but slowly her eyes are opened to who this Jesus is and she runs off and tells people all over town about this man, this Messiah. And many people believed in Jesus because of what she told them. She was thirsty to know more about this Jesus and Jesus filled her and she went to town and from her heart flowed rivers of living water.

How thirsty are you?

We gather today on Pentecost, the Festival of the church year that celebrates the promised coming of the Holy Spirit in power, like a mighty wind, like flame, like water that embraces rather than harms, fills rather than floods, that brings the abundance of God’s grace and the power of God’s love in us and through us, pouring through us into the world, the river of life flowing from our hearts.

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink,” says Jesus, for “Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

The question is: How thirsty are you?

Are we just thirsty enough that we want just a sip of the Spirit? Just enough to wet our whistles, so to speak – just enough so we can claim Jesus as our Co-Pilot and go on about our business? Just enough, but not too much, because we don’t want to be seen as , you know, like those “Jesus People.” Just enough, not too much, so that God won’t bother calling us to be like the woman at the well – a living breathing Spirit-filled river of God’s grace and love flowing out through her heart kind of person – who stirs up a whole town to come thirsty to this Jesus, to want to know him more. And in him find life abundant and eternal. Oh, we don’t want that much water, do we? We don’t want God to have expectations having gifted us with the Holy Spirit, do we? Just a sip please God, just enough for ourselves to get through the day.

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink,” says Jesus, for “Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

You see, the Holy Spirit, this living water, does not come in consumer friendly sizes. God does not operate a drive through. We can’t just go up to the tiny speaker and ask for a small cup of the Spirit (not that that size really exists any way – let’s face it medium is really small and large is medium). The Holy Spirit does not come in consumer friendly sizes. We drink and it fills us until we overflow – until a river flows from our hearts, a river of living water flowing out into the world carrying with it the very grace and love of God. If you thought that Costco cornered the market on Jumbo sized packages – well you ask God for water – and God is sending a river of grace and love into you and through you and out into the world.

Kids love to see a creek and a piles of rocks. At least I did as a kid. Because I was darn sure that I could take that pile of rocks and dam up that creek. That I had the power and ability to stop the water from flowing. And I was dead wrong. I couldn’t no matter how many rocks I had or how many hours I had or how small the creek was. I just couldn’t stop the water from flowing.

“God,” we say, “just a sip of the Spirit. Not too much, just enough so that we can make it through the day.” And if we listen well maybe we hear the voice of God telling us, maybe laughing a bit, “Do you think that you can find enough rocks to dam up the Spirit?  I gave you the Spirit for the sake of the thirsty people in the world. Now let the water flow.”

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink,” says Jesus, for “Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

Move the question along from “How thirsty are we” to “Who are the thirsty people that God wants to soak with the Spirit of Grace and love through us?”  “Who are the thirsty people that God wants to soak with the Spirit of Grace and love through us?”  
AMEN!








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