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Object Lesson - Water - John 7:37-38

This Bible Seeker object lesson is designed to help us see God and know Him through connecting His Word with our everyday surroundings.  It's a short & simple Bible lesson that begins with a photo of an everyday object that can remind us of God's truth and His presence throughout our day.

God has placed His identifying marks all over our world and lives to point us to Him!  These simple object lessons are hands-on applicable Bible teaching that help connect God's Word to our everyday lives in a real and personal way.  They may be used for personal or family devotions or to use with small groups for a children's sermon or Sunday school lesson.

"Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 

How often do we look at a glass half empty rather than half full?  Even a glass half empty can be a positive occurrence...it shows that someone is drinking!

Water is one of the few things that can actually quench our thirst.  Here in this verse Jesus points to a balance that takes place in our lives when He becomes our Living Water quenching our spiritually parched lives and flowing into the lives of others.

A fountain...it's a constant flow of water.  Can a fountain of Living Water actually flow in our lives?  The answer is simple...YES!

Life is so hard to balance.  We want to do it all and do it well, but something seems to always fall to the wayside and not get done.

There lies the key to balance - it's not in the "doing," but in the "being."  Balance comes when we are allowing Christ to both fill us and pour us.

Being filled - "if anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink". 

Yes, this comes at the point of our receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but it does not stop there.  We are to be continually "filled" with His Holy Spirit.

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,"  Ephesians 5:18

This occurs as we choose to abide in Jesus - spending time in His presence allowing Him to fill us.

But also, we are to be poured - "from His innermost being will flow rivers of living water." 

How many times have we left our coffee cup or a glass filled with something left sitting for days on end?  I tend to do this often, and trust me, I do not wish to drink it after it has been sitting so long!

God did not mean for us to be filled with Him and left to sit.  We are to be allowing Him to flow in and through our lives, overflowing and pouring into the lives of others for His glory.  When others see the evidence, the fruit of the Spirit in us, our lives will make others thirsty for what we have - Jesus!

As you see or drink water today, let it be a reminder of this balance in our spiritual lives.  And if you have never tasted of this Living Water - Jesus, why not seek Him today for your thirsty soul.  He promises that if we seek Him with our whole heart, He will be found!  (Jeremiah 29:13)

Object Lesson extension Ideas

These hands-on ideas will add an extra dimension to use with children either in a family devotion or home-school setting or in a group setting at church.

Water Race

Have a relay race using one small cup and two larger containers.  The goal is to see how quickly water can be moved from one large container to the other by filling and pouring from a small cup.  This can be done individually or as a team.

Discuss what had to take place for the goal to be achieved - both filling & pouring.  Without one or the other, the task could not be done.  Both are important as we share Jesus with the world around us.

Make a fountain

Using various containers or cups, balance them so that they create a fountain where the top cup is filled with water and then overflows to the others.  This can be a fun challenge; you may want to have towels ready!

Use Music - "All My Fountains" - Chris Tomlin

Listen to Chris Tomlin's "All My Fountains" and have each person jot down the lyrics & phrases that stand out to them; then discuss.


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