Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"just getting water ...in the heat of the day"

If you haven't heard of/read the story of the woman at the well, you ought to. If you have heard/read it before you ought to again. It's found in John chapter 4, verses 1-32. 

Honestly, I could go on and on about about this woman, about Jesus' tender behavior towards her, about the backstory; I could go on and on about this passage, period. But today I'm choosing to focus on just a few verses, towards the end. 

Something in verses 28-30 and verse 39 spoke to me recently. Verse 28-30 says, "Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him." Verse 39 says, "Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony."

image via Liz Lemon Swindle (stumbled upon on pinterest quite on accident- story soon)

The woman at the well was okay with admitting her sin to her fellow townspeople because she knew Jesus was worth it ALL. She recognized Jesus as the Messiah. She accepted the grace He extended her when she asked for forgiveness. She longed for her townspeople to do the same. 

We must not be afraid to admit our sins to others. Jesus can very well use your mistakes. He wants to take your heart and story and show those you surround yourself with what it is like to truly KNOW Him. Will you let him do so?


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