“For I will pour out water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground. I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring.” Isiah 44 “Therefore with JOY you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 “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.’ John 7:37-3
Have you ever thought of yourself as a well before? Kind of strange to think of yourself that way but go with me. If we think back before modern times wherever there was a well there was life surrounding it. Entire villages built themselves around a communal well. Travelers would pass by and regain their strength, Mothers would bring their children and teach them how to fetch water, and farmers would come to gather to quench the thirst of their flocks. It was the single thing that sustained their life – The Well.
Think about how that well is dug. Before all the fancy equipment, trucks made specific to well digging etc. There was probably just a shovel? Maybe a few other small pieces of equipment like a bucket and rope to get the job done. Can you imagine being 50ft in the ground surrounded by dirt, shoveling your way through the earth bucket by bucket praying for the first sight of water to emerge under your feet? At 50ft I have to believe you look like you are APART of that hole covered in dirt, sweat, maybe blood and tears. Your tired, weary, thirsty, hungry and maybe hope is starting to dwindle since you’ve been digging for what seems to be a lifetime. Every inch of your body hurts and a break sounds really good. Perhaps people above you are hollering down to see if you’ve happened to get any signs of water but then it happens just as your hope was starting to fade -WATER bursts fourth from under your feet. Not just ANY water, living water. The cleanest freshest water and right there in that moment life as you know it will never be the same.
Water is often symbolic as the Holy Spirit in the Bible. If you have Salvation in Jesus Christ you are a vessel for the Holy Spirit living inside of you and that makes you a living breathing Well. Water refreshes, quenches, purifies and brings fourth life wherever it goes. You my friend hold that life transforming water within you; The same water that so many are on a quest to find. They go to great lengths and distant places to find what only Jesus can give them through HIS living water. In John 4 Jesus tells the Samaritan Woman “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” He guarantees that everything we try to fill in place of the Holy Spirit will leave us empty again but promises us that if we accept the living water we will never again be empty. You cannot pour out from an empty cup. We must first be filled and then processed in order to pour out onto others what God has given freely to us.
Think back to how the well was dug. In order to tap into the water that lie beneath there were loads of buckets filled with dirt that first had to be removed. Just like a well goes through a process – we do too. You are planted in this specific season for a purpose to pour out what you have been given, the experiences you have and share those with those you have influence over. But just like a earthly well has to be dug deep to tap into the living water and operate at the capacity it is meant to; There are things that God has to dig out of us in order for us to operate fully in our assignments. There are many many years of God digging dirt out of me and processing me so I could be the well he needed me to be. Pushing to go deeper and wider everyday. Processing is not easy but it is necessary. We can look at the lives of Moses ( processed for 40 yrs) David (processed for 15) and Elijah plus many more biblical figures that needed to first be processed in order to step into and freely pour out their Water. The process always comes before the pour because we cannot pour freely when we are clogged up with other peoples expectations, fear, unhealed hurts and wounds, past mistakes and other unnecessary things. When your done processing though – that’s when you can operate at your Full capacity and its POWERFUL!
Lets look at Elijah. This man had a backbone of steel standing up to the King and confronting the people of Israel of their idolatry. A man, human just like you and I and totally processed and dependent on God prayed and FIRE fell from Heaven. Look what happens when we are operating fully processed – fire falls. (This story is in 1 Kings 18)
Lets check out Moses. He was chosen to deliver the enslaved Israelites out from Egypt. He ended up preforming numerous sings and wonders from Heaven through various plagues and Pharaoh ended up letting all the Israelites go. They escaped by God parting the Red Sea in HALF through Moses and they safely made it to the other side. God used a man, just like you and me to PART THE SEA! He was processed ( but he almost blew it by not waiting for God ) You can read His story in Exodus 2.
Those are just two examples of how God uses Processed people to pour out his living water to those around them. There is POWER in the water. Now we are not all called to be Moses’ and Elijahs’ but the same Power that they taped into – you have too! God has something that only you can do. Books still need written, future leaders still need raised, songs need sung, Sermons need spoken, your testimony that is just your own needs told, people need healed and evil needs to be bound in Jesus name. Our world is hurting, its filled with broken people searching for the purifying and transforming water that you have within you. Be processed and then Go out and Pour.