Thursday, April 06, 2006

30 Days of Quiet Time - April 6, 2006

John 3:104:42

One thing that jumped out at me from this passage was the story of the woman at the well. It's so familiar to many of us, yet it's one of my favorite stories in the gospels. I think Jesus treats this woman with such grace and love and I always enjoy reading their conversation at the well.

When Jesus tells her of the living water she replies that she would like to have that water so that she didn't have to come to the well anymore. I think that is a telling Carrying water was hard work and this woman was probably doing it in the afternoon, during the heat of the day. The other women would have been there before the sun was fully up, but this woman was probably not welcome to be there with them. Her status as a "fallen woman" surely meant that she avoided the other women or at the very least, was uncomfortable around them. The idea that she wouldn't need to go to the well again was attractive to her and she was eager to learn more.

Of course, we know that Jesus was talking about something altogether different than what she first thought. But in a similar way, our journey to Christ often mirrors her thoughts. We come to Jesus because we recognize we are sinners. We have done things that make us uncomfortable around others. We have things in our past that limit us, control us, and make us cowards. We come to God to have him fix those things and he does so much more. Some come to Him with a broken marriage and He makes every relationship better. Some come to him with a job crisis and He solves every crisis. No matter what our issue when we come to Him, He takes over every part and makes it new.

One other thing I noticed was the response of the people she ran and told about Jesus. They remarked that they had heard what she said, but now that they saw Jesus they believed what she said. There is more to telling others about Jesus than just words. They need to "see" Him in whatever form we can convey. Whether through our loving hands and kind words or our gifts of compassion and mercy we need to ensure that those we share Christ with can "see" Him as well as hear about Him


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