06
Sep
16

Do We Care?

John 4:15-18 (NIV)

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

Jesus was talking with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He had broken societal and religious customs by even approaching her and having this conversation with her. As awkward as this was, things were about to get really uncomfortable. Jesus spoke with her about living water. She thought He was referring to physical water. Jesus was talking about water that would quench a thirsty soul. She wants the water Jesus offers, so He tells her to go get her husband and come back to Him. That’s when the truth comes out. She’s drawing water from the well in the heat of the day because she’s been ostracized from the community. She’s not only been married five times previously, but now she’s living with a man who is not her husband. It seems that this is a woman who is desperate to be loved. She’s been looking for love in all of the wrong places. That’s when God’s ultimate expression of His love shows up.
Jesus does not make her feel ashamed. He does not berate her for her sinful lifestyle. He knew all about her past as He spoke to her in the present. He was really more concerned about her future. He knew about her when He spotted her at the well drawing water. Yet He went to her anyway. He came to seek and to save the lost. He didn’t wait for her to come to Him. He went to her.
He wants to do the same thing through His church today. We should be out meeting people where they are. Peoples’ pasts don’t matter. God can forgive the past. We should be primarily concerned with their futures. God doesn’t expect them to clean up their act before they come to Him. They can’t. Only He can clean up our act through His Holy Spirit. Let’s get off of our high horses and stop looking down on people. Let’s see them as people for whom Jesus died. Let’s see them as people whom Jesus loves. Strike up that conversation with someone who matters to God so that they’ll know that they matter to Him. Heaven and Hell are on the line. Do we truly care about where people spend eternity? Jesus does and so should we.
PRAYER: Father God, I want a heart that beats for the lost as Your heart beats for the lost. Thank You for sending Jesus to seek and to save the lost. Thank You for saving me. Help me to share the good news of Jesus with someone today.  In His saving name, amen.
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