The river flowing from the throne of God is our life source. We drink from it by coming to Christ as we are, and believing in Him as He is. As we drink of this water, we are gradually changed into the likeness of the Son; His Spirit possesses us and we gain His eternal life, which replaces our original, doomed life. The process is never reversed. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, gain nothing from us. We have no living water with which to sustain them. And, likewise, we have no business trying to reshape their river as it flows out into the world.