Reading: John 4:1-54
Focus: John 4:10
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Can you think of a time in your life when you’ve had a fresh start? Now, don’t get all churchy on me… I’m talking about times like the first day of school when you were a kid? Or if you moved to a new town? Maybe you got a new job? Think about how that felt. You could be anyone you wanted to be. No one was holding anything against you, and you (and *only* you) held the cards for your future. It’s kind of exciting, isn’t it? Refreshing, for sure.
God has a strange and amazing way of showing us how much we mess up and how much He loves us in the same breath and action, doesn’t He?
The Samaritan woman had little hope. She was out in the middle of the day, in the hot sun, presumably so she would be alone. The village knew what kind of woman she was. She was an outcast.
And the government official… he was already without hope and was pleading with Jesus. His son was dying (or maybe already dead, as far as he knew).
In both instances, it seems pretty clear that a change needed to be made. The woman needed a fresh start. A do-over. Jesus gave her that with love and correction. The official’s entire household became believers in Jesus because of the miracle that happened there. They got a do-over, too!
And you? Where’s the needle on your hope-o-meter?
It’s not easy for us to own up to our shortcomings and failures or admit our pains. We get used to living with them, so much so that we begin to believe that there’s no other way. Satan wants us to keep thinking that if we try again, we’ll just fail again. He wants us to continue to live without hope.
Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians that, “… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
And in John 3:17… “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
The ultimate do-over. Not condemnation, but a new creation. Living water. The Hope of the world.
Thank you, thank you, Jesus!
God, will you show me the areas in my life that need a do-over? I want to follow You, and reject the idea that my efforts in You are pointless. Thank you for loving me, thank you for making me a new creation, and thank you for being my Hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.