Sunday, January 20, 2013

How Far Are You Willing To Go?

Yes, those are steps going down into a well. Constructed in India about 800 AD, I’m told it has 3,500 narrow steps in 13 stories extending 100 feet into the ground, and has been used in films. Here is a different perspective:
How far are we willing to go for water? Down those 13 stories? to the green water shown in the photo? Would we carry our load of water to the top and share with others?

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (John 4:7 KJV)

The Samaritan woman would not have had to go a hundred feet down to get water for Jesus, but we’re not told that she did give Him water. She did ask questions:

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. (John 4:9 KJV)

For all their differences, she stayed to talk. She asked a question. She listened to His answer:

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10 KJV)

We are so much like her – if we knew the gifts God has in store for us, we would be asking for them, too. Especially that living water He knew so well:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14 KJV)

The Samaritan woman asked for that living water, not understanding what she was asking:

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. (John 4:15 KJV)

As we do, she first thought of her physical comfort. Don’t we? Isn’t that what we expect – provision of manna, release from pain, healing for our bodies? Do we even consider how far He was willing to go to bring that water for us. He came to us looking and living as us:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (Philippians 2:7 KJV)

It wasn’t just his reputation that suffered, this man of sorrows, acquainted with grief:

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 KJV)

Isn’t that the person we want talking to our Father about us? The Christ who was willing to go to earth, for us?

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32 KJV)

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