I installed a reverse osmosis water filtration system in my house recently. I was pushing the envelope of my plumbing skills, but with the most delightful results.  The water tastes addictively good! It reminds me of the water I drank from a dug well growing up on the farm—no fluoride, no chloride, just pure natural water. In those days we did not have indoor plumbing and had to draw water with a hand pump and carry it into the house in a bucket, or drink from a rusty tin cup hanging from a wire hook on the pump. The pump leathers were worn and sometimes dried out between uses and it would not bring forth water no matter how hard and fast I pumped. The only solution was to go into the house and get a glass of water and prime the pump by pouring it down through the top.

So it is with the love of God. Thomas Manton said, “Love must be paid in kind. As water is put into a pump, when the springs lie low, to bring up more water—so God sheds abroad His love into our hearts, that our love may rise up to Him again by way of gratitude and thanksgiving.”

Friend, are you an unproductive pump? Remember what Jesus did to the unproductive fig tree? It doesn’t have to be that way. Ask the Holy Spirit to prime your dry pump with the Lord’s living water and watch rivers of affection flow forth from your heart, a veritable fountain of love for God. Unless He primes your pump it will never happen.

“We love because he first loved us (1John 4:19).  

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:38).

See you in church.

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