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Give Me Some Water

October 13, 2010

The story in John chapter 4 about the woman at the well is one of the stories I find fascinating. In every sermon that I have ever heard the “living water”, or better known as Jesus, is the key point for the illustration; the woman needs Jesus Christ in her life. Today I decided to try to see it through the eyes of the woman; not what everyone has told me I should see.

Fact one is that Jesus is at the well with the woman. She doesn’t need him; she has his full attention, and He is totally engaged with her. What I wouldn’t give to be this woman at this point in time. She is a Samaritan woman, and is despised by the Jewish culture (pure hatred). I literally can hear her thoughts, “This man is completely different from other Jewish men; He speaks to me with no condemnation or judgment because of who I am and what I have done in my past. How does he see me so differently?”

Fact two is that she has been divorced five times and is currently living with another man. If she were a Jewish woman she could, and probably would have been, stoned in the streets because of the life she has chosen; however, she didn’t choose this life. Women in this culture did not get a divorce, men got divorces, and so she has been left for whatever reason by five men and is living with another one.

What is it she is really looking for in her life?

She is looking for love and all that defines it. Now before you blow this answer off and go to the fact she needs a savior not love. What is Jesus?

Jesus is accepting, caring, honest and humble; He sees people for who they are, not what the world has labeled them. The writer and disciple John states it best, “God is Love”, and Jesus is the embodiment of God’s love. For the first time in her life she has found love! Isn’t that what the real story is about?

Open your eyes! God loves you like you are!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:07 am

    Awesome perspective Bro! Miss you!

    • October 14, 2010 6:45 am

      Miss you to brother! I am flying in to J-Town on Oct. 20, 2010 for four days.

  2. Cooper Wise permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:50 pm

    if it’s not it should be….. the most powerful force in the world is love; Eph.1:11 states that this is God’s plan for us. Unfortunately Christians are known as folks who judge others, tell others what they are doing wrong, try to force others to live by their standards and are seen as condemning rather than radically accepting. We are not known as people who love others outrageously and unconditionally…. just the way they are.

    I have witnessed the power of unconditional love offered to prisoners. I am on a team that does 4 day retreats behind the razor wire, Christianity 101; we tell them a bunch of theology and doctrine, but what brings them to tears and to Jesus is His love offered thru us. It is incredible!

    I propose we spend the next 40 years and 3 billion dollars on teaching ‘the body’ what love is. Had this been the objective in 1970 rather than trying to harness the coersive power of government for our own agenda, America would look radically different today.

  3. Kimberlye Hill permalink
    October 14, 2010 5:52 am

    Beautiful.

    • October 14, 2010 6:44 am

      Thanks Kim, Coming from you is special to me.

  4. Kimberlye Hill permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:07 am

    Dear Mike,

    I just read this article and I must say seeing through the eyes of your heart is medicine for the soul. Never stop.
    Much Love,
    Kim

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