Read: John 4: 7-29
Reflect: I have such joy and excitement in my heart as I’m typing for your this morning. If you’ve been studying scripture any amount of time, you’ve landed on John 4 once or twice before. If you’ve spent any time in church, I’m positive you’ve heard a sermon on “the woman at the well.” But, I pray we never get over what happened to her that day. I’m also praying that we experience more of what she experienced with Jesus, her Savior.
I don’t want to spend much time on the woman’s back story. Today, I’d like for us to spend our time reflecting on her response. As Jesus began speaking to her, this woman had an objection. She didn’t understand why Jesus would open dialogue with her. His answer was short, “If you only knew…. You would have asked….” In other words, “You’re asking the wrong questions, and you’re missing out on what I have for you.”
Ladies, this has been the case in my life too often. I find myself wasting time on questions that aren’t important rather than focusing on WHO Jesus is and how He feels about me. I need to do a lot less searching and doing and a lot more receiving. In John 4, the woman at the well laid down a life of searching for filling in all the wrong places to receive the One who fills completely. Beth Moore said, “Nothing Jesus will ever woo us to lay down on His behalf is worth what we’d miss if we didn’t.”
Respond: What do you need to lay down? For the woman in John 4, it was her bucket. She left it behind to go and share Jesus with others. But, we know that bucket represents so much more. What are you holding onto with a tight grip that is cheating you from knowing Jesus more deeply? Journal about it and pray. If you aren’t sure what your obstacle is, spend time asking for clarity. I’m doing the same. I can imagine God would love to show us the obstacles we’ve placed between ourselves and Him.
Our next response will likely be the same as the woman we’ve studied. We will run to everyone we know with the invitation, “Come and see.” Audacity…. Because Christ’s love makes us bold!
Renew: Our prayer today will be simple. Let’s pray for God to clear the path so that we can see Him clearly.
“For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6