My, Devotion to Him #256
Jesus met a woman at a well. The well is of no importance but the event that was about to take place is very important. This woman had been through some tough times, she had been through five marriages, and was living with another man who was not her husband. You might be able to say that her trust in man was probably at zero and she wasn’t really good at relationships or maybe picking mates. But this encounter with Christ would radically change her life.
We can use this event to learn some very important things that will help us as Christians.
- Jesus sees the best in everyone.
Verse Passage: Luke 15:2 “But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” – NIV
It’s true He did, has, and continues to do so. This woman had been through five divorces and she was sleeping with another man! Now I don’t know how big her town was but I’m sure she was the talk of the town in some areas. Even though this woman had done and gone through all this she was the first person that Jesus introduced Himself as the Messiah too. Why? He could’ve introduced Himself this way to His disciples when He called them to Ministry, or Nicodemus, or when He had done miracles before this, or really anyone! This woman was sleeping around plus her word is no good because of her many divorces.
I do think that some might see this little nugget as nothing. But I do believe that there was a reason behind this. He does not see you by your past, your status in this life, or whatever the world has done or currently does. He sees you by your potential! We have allowed people, places, words, situations define who we are as a people because of what they see and know about us. Instead Christ says “I am not using any of that to define you. I am instead going to look into you and your future and see you by your potential”
2. Jesus transforms you in order for you to change the landscape.
Jesus ministered to this woman and she was transformed and decided to share the gospel with her town (Samaria) “Many Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman.” This woman went out the same day that she was transformed and started spreading the Word. Jesus should be that movie, song, sporting event, or concert that we want to tell everyone about and won’t shut up about. When we are transformed we should want others to feel the way we do and to come to know Jesus the way that we know Him.
If the Jesus you are serving does not make you want other to know Him then either we are serving two God’s or we have had two very different encounters with the same.
I am not saying everyone has to go door to door. I believe Jesus transforms us so we can change the landscape around us. Letting people know about Christ can simply stand up for your faith when people make fun of it, or when your co-worker is going through some tough times ask to pray with them, being Christ like and controlling yourself in public. I have seen some of the most heartless and foul mouthed people and they themselves claimed to follow the same Christ. We can show Christ in and through our parenting, marriages, work ethic, attitude, speech, thinking, etc.
3. Don’t explain Jesus, just introduce Him.
Verse Passage: John 4:40-41 “So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.” – NIV
Jesus can speak for Himself. He does not need us to explain to everyone Jesus. We need to introduce Jesus to others. Jesus constantly ministered to the people. He did not have His disciples do all the leg work. Jesus loved and loves people. He wants to be with and around the people. So introduce Him to the people!
Out of brokenness, loneliness, and emptiness, God can still use you! You are still important! You still are valuable to Him! If you follow this then you can also be used to change the landscape (town/state/nation) in your area.
You still have potential. Don’t look to the world but look to God, He will use you. But we can see by Jesus’s methods that He first transformed the woman before she could go. We must come to Him and be transformed, renewed, or refreshed in Him and then we go.
Share this flame, share this gospel, let this be your call, your mandate, your service to the King.
- John 4:7-42
- Luke 15:2
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