“If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”

An average adult human body is 50 to 65 percent water. That’s roughly 45 quarts. O.K. That's a lot of water. Water plays several crucial roles in the body. It helps regulate temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen, and removes waste. It also cushions joints and organs. I even like the taste. The taste of my well water, that is. Cool.

And even more essential are the “rivers of living water” that Jesus refers to. Yes, water is essential to existence, and the Holy Spirit is essential to living. Living water refers to water that flows, not stagnant. Living water refers to water that not only "lives" but is life-giving. The Bible tells us that the power of the life-giving Spirit frees us from the power of sin that leads to death.

Water is mentioned in the Bible more often than any other natural resource. The waters are divided on the Second Day of Creation. John the Baptist baptizes Jesus with water. In John 19, Jesus on the cross cries out that he is thirsty. And today we are baptized to show our commitment to new life in Christ.

Next time you reach for a bottle of water, think about the potential of the water to refresh and renew and to rebirth. Thank God for the Spriit of God that hovers over the face of the deep and calls forth life from arid death.