What comes to mind when you think of the word flow? Rivers? Running water? Traffic? To go with it?
No matter what came to mind first, I bet movement was involved. The word itself implies perpetual motion.
FLOW: to proceed, to issue; to abound, to have in abundance; to issue, as rays or beams of light; free expression or communication of generous feelings and sentiments.
Did you know that the Holy Spirit flows? The Spirit wasn’t given to Christians to hoard and hold on to. The Spirit was given to fill us and to flow out of us.
“If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For scripture declares that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” (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.)
John 7:37b-39 (NLT)
What the Spirit pours into us is meant to flow out of us. When it flows out of us, we are then refilled with fresh water. The process is supposed to be continual—this isn’t like filling a pitcher, pouring it out and filling it again. It’s like a river. Always moving. New and water always being added from the source. Nothing stagnant. Forever fresh and refreshing.
When God puts something into you, don’t hold on to it, pour it out. Share it. By sharing it, you are pouring the Spirit into others, increasing your flow as well as theirs—another wonderful product of the saints gathering together on a regular basis with purpose. We can all contribute to the flow of the Holy Spirit in our own lives as well as the lives of those around us.
Don’t hold back! Let it flow!
Daily Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 1-2, John 7:32-53