Have you ever read a scripture multiple times and each time you see something new? Do you know of a scripture in which God continually reveals new truth to you from His word? For me, that’s John 4: the story of the woman at the well. Before you read this, read my last post about her here.
Once again, like my last post, I’d like to break it down by each verse to reveal each piece of His good Word:
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
In a way, Jesus represents the thirsty, the people who don’t know Jesus or the spiritual nourishment he can bring them. Trust me, I’ve been there. I think we all have. After a long journey in life, not doing God’s work, looking for fulfillment in the wrong places, we are tired and thirsty. We stop at a well and see someone and ask them for a drink. Now reverse the perspective. Put yourself in the woman’s shoes. Would you give the thirsty a drink of worldly water? Or would you be like the Samaritan woman and ask “why me?” Or would you, like Jesus, give the living water?
Samaritans and Jews did not normally associate, so the Samaritan woman found it odd for Jesus, a known Jew, to be talking to her. Jews did not like Samaritans because they came from foreigners and Jews marrying and saw them as dirty. (What? Racism in the Bible?! I’ll save that for another blog post) This verse also calls us to share God’s word with the people we wouldn’t necessarily talk approach, those Christians do not normally associate with. God asks us to step out of our comfort zone.
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,
The woman at the well was NOT called to be a disciple. As soon as she found out Jesus was the Messiah, she did not ask to go. Jesus did not ask her to go. She did not question. She did not doubt what Jesus said. She just went. (what faith) We’ll never know exactly why she went, but I can guess she realized how good God was so much so that she could not contain the news to herself. She selflessly desired others to know of ever accessible living water. All you have to do is ask for Jesus. You just have to invite him into your life, and he will come and fulfill you.
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
We are nourished by what we give out for God. Only doing God’s work can nourish and fulfill you. No other work can fully satisfy you. There are two pleasures we can find in life outlines in this verse and the next one: pleasure in doing His work and pleasure in seeing his fruits, His people, find Him.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
A harvest is ready to be reaped whether you’re ready or not.
God calls us to reap the harvest of the world. God made us his precious children. He made us in His image. His fruits. With the Holy Spirit, we can be nourishment to others more than any fruit of this world because we have Him in us. He is all we need to reap his harvest. Be fulfilled by doing his work. In this fulfillment, you will find pleasure, satisfaction, joy, peace, hope, grace and most of all love.
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
If you’ve read this blog before, you know how I feel about stories. I love them. I see them as testimonies to God’s goodness, as acts of witnessing to His grace. Jesus transformed the woman at the well. Use God’s transformation in you as your testimony. Share it with others so that they may be lead to God’s word and Jesus the living water so that they may find spiritual fulfillment.