Before you start reading take a deep breath–relax–are you comfortable?
Now say a quick prayer that the Holy Spirit will reveal new truths to you today!
OK now we are ready to begin… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Keeping her eyes down as she hurried to the well. This was one job she dreaded every day. She knew people talked about her and hated how they stared, but more than this she hated the mask she was forced to wear, like she had it altogether and that their stares didn’t bother her!
Today she waited until noon to go to the well knowing that the streets would be deserted. Since people were taking their daily break out of the hot sun she wouldn’t have to see anyone! As she approached the well she noticed a Jewish man resting nearby. Dread filled her, but she was resolved. She needed her water. She had no intention to speak, but when He looked at her–she had never felt such kindness from anyone, especially a Jewish man! Then He asked her for a drink of water. Well, she could not say no, that would be rude, but she was curious why a Jewish man would ask a Samaritan for water and from a woman no less.
Let’s read it from John 4:9 “The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
11-12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
15 The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”
16 He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”
17-18 “I have no husband,” she said.
“That’s nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now isn’t even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”
19-20“Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”
21-23 “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.“(msg)
I am sure that many of you have read this story; I know I have read it several times, but until recently I didn’t really understand what Jesus was trying to say in this passage. Even up to this week when I was thinking about what I wanted to write, I was finding it hard to put words to what I wanted to say. Hoping to get some clarity, I had a conversation with one of my Pastors that opened me up to new truths in this passage. A statement he made challenged me to go read it again.
This is what he said; “The woman at the well first experienced worship when she told Jesus the truth in admitting that she had no husband.”
Jesus was pleased with her response and His response to her was something that I’m sure would have changed her life. Re-read the last 2 verses for me;
23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. “(msg)
Often we think of worship as music — and yes worship can be in music — but can I propose adding a concept to this thought? Worship can only begin when we begin to give God our true selves. It comes from your heart, your spirit and being real with God about who you are and pursuing the truth about who God is.
In light of this truth grab your masks ladies and throw them out, you will not need them here! Jesus is inviting us to show Him our true selves, so that He can do a new work in us. Bring your frustrations, disappointments, excitement & adoration and cry out to Him. Jesus longs for you to know what true worship is–He is waiting–just like He was waiting for the woman at the well!