(1) Is life-giving water flowing out of me? Certainly thirsty people are all around. If I have Christ and the Holy Spirit, then how are the people around me affected by the outflow? Just a thought, but could it be that I need to be willing to interrupt the familiar festival in my own life to stand up and invite others to truly be satisfied in Christ, like Jesus did?
(2) How often have I partnered the accuser (my father before my spiritual adoption) instead of the Redeemer? The easier road is to pick up stones with the rest of the crowd. It's hard to trust Jesus to be the judge. It's hard to risk my own reputation for the sake of mercy. Thank you Jesus for becoming the curse for me!
(3) How can I be so blind sometimes to who Jesus is? Really, we're all blind from birth. (Isn't hard not to be blind to our blindness?) Jesus heals us once we're washed in His living water, but like the blind man in chapter 9, we don't really know our healer right away. Our spiritual sight increases as He comes to us. Sometimes, I'm more content to argue about truth or look for faults in others, that I miss out on being with Him to have my eyes opened more.
So his invitations in chapter 7 and 8 are very relevant -- "Come to me all who thirst" (my thirst has grown for more of Him); "If you abide in my word, you will know the truth and be set free" (may the truth of who He is, what He's done, & who I am in Him really lead to freedom!)
Jesus, fully open our eyes. Help us to partner with You in your works of mercy. May we be Your river of life to the people around us. Help us to come to you and abide in Your word - to make You our number one priority! Make the truth of our freedom in You more and more evident and you increase in our lives.