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Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.  And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5 NASB

When I was younger, we would play basketball outside for hours. We worked up a sweat and a thirst. Sometimes, we would go to 7-11 and buy a big gulp (32 ounce) Dr. Pepper to quench our thirst. Probably, not the healthiest thing, but oooh did it taste good. In John’s heavenly vision, he sees a river that contains the water of life. Its free to drink from it. In the earthly paradise Adam and Even ate from a tree of life. Now the tree of life is for healing. What a beautiful picture of our life in Christ now and just what eternal life is- God is with us. The curse has been removed. We serve God in a very personal way. We belong to Him and we are assured of it. Everything is bright. And we will reign with Him forever. That’s a good way to finish a day of playing basketball! Its a good way to live now!

Do I appreciate all I have “in Christ” here and now? How am I drinking from the river of the water of life already?

God, as this day begins- I am grateful anew for all available. Forgive me for taking for granted such precious things as salvation, eternal purpose, Your abiding presence. I am dipping my hand in for a fresh drink of the water of life!

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