I hope you were able to find another person to discuss some of yesterday’s questions and got to think deeper about our passage. Let’s get started on today!
Thought #1 – Vs. 1-25: Like most of the gospel stories, you are probably pretty familiar with this passage of Jesus revealing himself for the first time to a Samaritan woman. There are a few things that go in this story that are worth taking note of: women usually did not get water at the hottest part of the day, and the fact that a Samaritan woman was there, plus the fact that we see she had multiple relationships that may not have been approved of most likely means she was an outcast within her community. Beyond that, she was a she. As a man in the culture at that time, Jesus really wasn’t expected to have a conversation with her. The significance of this is that Jesus told her that he was the Messiah first, despite her social status. This represents how Jesus came for all people, not just the Jews and not just those who were already considered righteous. He came for the outcasts like this woman and gave them an equal opportunity at what he is providing. I think it’s important to note here that the woman believed that a Messiah was coming and recognized his importance (vs. 25) before experiencing Jesus. The first step is knowing, and then experiencing. People won’t be able to experience God’s power, or at least not recognize that it is from God, if they don’t first know. Our job as believers is to make sure people know about God’s power, not make them experience it.
Thought #2 – Vs. 34-38: The fields are ripe for harvest!! Jesus is telling his disciples to get out there and go get it! He’s already done the hard work; the salvation is ripe for the pickin’ (because that’s definitely something that people say…). BUT, we still must go out and pick the field, friends. It’s already there, ready to go, ready to bless us, but without that process of accepting it, it doesn’t do anything for us. A lot of you have probably already “picked the field” for yourself. You’ve accepted that free gift and that’s amazing!! But you also have the opportunity to share that gift with others. Remember, our job is to simply share and make sure people know about this endless field we have to pick from. Our job isn’t to force people to take this gift, but to show them how we genuinely love and appreciate it! Who do you see in your life that needs a guide to this field full of salvation? Are you going to share with them the endless gift you’ve also received?
Thought #3 – Vs. 39-53: People believe and come to know Christ when he is shared with them. Without hearing of him first, the many Samaritans that became believers would not have let Jesus into their homes to speak to them (vs. 41). Without first hearing of Jesus’ miracle, the royal official never would have asked him to heal his son, which ultimately led to an entire household of believers (vs. 53). If these people had not first heard about who Jesus was and what he could do, they never would have had the opportunity to experience him the way they did. We have to first share Christ before people can truly experience him. Those who have already experienced him have a duty to continue to spread their own experiences with Christ so that others may have the same opportunities. The Samaritan woman was not of high standing, yet she was able to share her experience with Christ and because of that brought many more Samaritans to believe as well. The royal official was in a place of high standing and shared his experience with Christ and because of that brought many more people to believe. You can be in any position and still spread the message of Christ successfully. Remember, how can people truly experience Christ if they don’t first know about him?
When I read through this chapter and even when first writing up this devotional I was not expecting it to turn into a message about spreading the gospel. But the more I spent on this, the more this idea continued to come to me… so at some point I decided that maybe I was supposed to share it! Hopefully this is what you needed to hear or be reminded of today, even if you didn’t realize it either!
Have a good rest of your day!