Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

From the Desk of Pastor Asher; Thinking Towards Sunday–12 April 2015

jesusandthesamaritanatthewell-rembrandtThe Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:4-42) was neither soft-spoken nor well-mannered. She had a reputation for getting involved in toxic relationships; she had difficulty fitting in and making friends. Hers is the story of an angry, frustrated soul that believed that the best defense is the good offence. Her story challenges us, the followers of Jesus, to seriously look at our own lives and to ask ourselves whether we ourselves are drinking from the wrong well.

Prior to encountering Jesus, the woman was an outcast. That is why she had to go to the well in the heat of the day instead of in the cool of the morning; more than likely her neighbors shunned her. We know that she was angry and argumentative; she even tried to start an argument with Jesus (John 4:9). We know that she had a shady past (John 4:16-18). That however did not stop her from recognizing that Jesus was not an ordinary man and to make a profession of faith, “I can see that you are a prophet” (John 4:19). Even after making that confession, she tried to pick another fight with Jesus, arguing about the proper place to worship God.

Jesus tested her to see if she was sincere in her desire to turn her life around. He asked her to go to the village and bring back her husband. Only after being sure that she was honest with him did Jesus reveal his true identity to her. In essence, Jesus offered her the “living waters” of faith. In turn that faith became a “spring of water welling up to eternal life” in her (John 4:15). John writes, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers” (John 4:39-41).

How many of us spend our lives drinking out of the wrong well by setting wrong goals and then wondering why our lives do not work out the way we hope them to? Who among us has not dreamt of having a better relationship with our loved ones, a new car, or a nice boat, or the latest TV, or going on a nice vacation? The truth is that there is nothing wrong with wanting nice things from life. Where we get into trouble is when we want these things so bad that we go through heroic measures to attain them at the expense of our relationship with God and with our loved ones. That is how we drink from the wrong well: we ignore God and let go of our relationships. We isolate ourselves as we put the wrong things first.

Oscar Wilde said once that “every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Do you prevent the abundant life reaching you in the future by drinking from the wrong well today?

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