Friday 26 December, 2014

John 4:1-15

4 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was winning and baptizing more disciples than John. 2 But in fact Jesus was not baptizing. His disciples were. 3 When the Lord found out about all this, he left Judea. He went back to Galilee again. 4 Jesus had to go through Samaria. 5 He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar. It was near the piece of land Jacob had given his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from the journey. So he sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 A woman from Samaria came to get some water. Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew. I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” She said this because Jews don’t have anything to do with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered her, “You do not know what God’s gift is. And you do not know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would have asked him. He would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t have anything to get water with. The well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 “Our father Jacob gave us the well. He drank from it himself. So did his sons and his flocks and herds. Are you more important than he is?” 13 Jesus answered, “All who drink this water will be thirsty again. 14 But anyone who drinks the water I give him will never be thirsty. In fact, the water I give him will become a spring of water in him. It will flow up into eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water. Then I will never be thirsty. And I won’t have to keep coming here to get water.”

What an incredible illustration of our reality. How often are we tied up with the cares of the world, busy getting water, or whatever is pressing at that moment, consumed in going about our daily chores. We might find ourselves talking to God about the difficulties of daily living, and here He is, with us in the midst of our ordinary, offering us so much more, calling us to so much more. We might react like the woman at the well – what is this living water? You don’t even have a bucket. What do you mean? Responding with doubt and frustration, as if at any minute we’re going to have to go back to the real world, of hard work and looking after ourselves. And here God is, King of the Universe, gentle and kind even as we respond in our small mindedness. God longing to satisfy our deep desires with Himself, longing for us to let Him take care of us and longing for us to fix our gaze on Him. God desiring to show us a bigger way to live, with vision and faith, living beyond the day to day chores.

God, please help me to get unstuck from my focus on water, chores, responsibilities and cares. Help me lift up my eyes, take you at your word and receive what you are offering the help that you are offering. I want your living water, please help me to receive it. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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