LIFe with God: July 6

Posted on July 6, 2010

Scripture

John 4:1-42 (1) When Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard He was making and baptizing more disciples than John (2) (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), (3) He left Judea and went again to Galilee. (4) He had to travel through Samaria, (5) so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. (6) Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.

(7) A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her, (8) for His disciples had gone into town to buy food.

(9) “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.

(10) Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”

(11) “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? (12) You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”

(13) Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. (14) But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again–ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

(15) “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”

(16) “Go call your husband,” He told her, “and come back here.”

(17) “I don’t have a husband,” she answered.

“You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,'” Jesus said. (18) “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

(19) “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that You are a prophet. (20) Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you Jews say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”

(21) Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. (22) You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. (23) But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. (24) God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

(25) The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”

(26) “I am He,” Jesus told her, “the One speaking to you.”

(27) Just then His disciples arrived, and they were amazed that He was talking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do You want?” or “Why are You talking with her?” (28) Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, (29) “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?” (30) They left the town and made their way to Him.

(31) In the meantime the disciples kept urging Him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

(32) But He said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”

(33) The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought Him something to eat?”

(34) “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work,” Jesus told them. (35) “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. (36) The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together. (37) For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ (38) I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.”

(39) Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” (40) Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. (41) Many more believed because of what He said. (42) And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”

Observation

What was the difference in perspective between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in their conversation? How did Jesus respond to her “religious” questions and statements? What was His goal in this interaction?

Application

What can I learn from Jesus’ interaction with this woman that can help me in sharing The Gospel with others? What action steps can I take?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You that You initiate interaction with those at enmity with You. Thank You for the gift of God, the Living Water that is You. May I drink deeply daily in this well of water springing up within me, and may I revel in the eternal life it gives. Triune God, You know all things. Make me a true worshipper: one who worships The Father by The Spirit He has given me; one who worships according to the truth revealed in Your Word and by the Living Word, The Messiah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

“And Lord, just as Your living water sustains me for eternity, may my food be to do the will of The Father and to finish the work He has given me, just as Christ did. Open my eyes to the field of souls ready to be harvested for Your kingdom. Show me where You want me to sow the seed of the message of Your Gospel, so that You can reap their eternal salvation, and we can all rejoice together. May I be a witness for Jesus like the Samaritan woman was, and may many come to Christ and know for themselves that He is the Savior of the world. Amen

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Ken Eden family
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend

Missionary:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23

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