There are so many lessons that can be gleaned from the Bible narrative of The Woman at the Well, (John 4:1-42); in the interest of space, I will focus on one of them in this post. If you’re not familiar, the story goes that Jesus rested at a well while traveling through Samaria which at the time was hostile territory for Jews. When a Samaritan woman came to the well shortly after to draw water, Jesus asked her for a drink. Such was the relationship between Jews and Samaritans that the woman was taken aback that Jesus, a Jew, would even speak to her, let alone ask her for water. Over the next several minutes, Jesus would reveal himself as the Messiah, the Christ to the woman, who as it turned out, was a person who was ostracized by her own community for her habitual sin. Nevertheless, Jesus made it clear that he came to save her and people like her. The woman was saved that day and in fact, was instrumental in leading many of the Samaritans in her village to Christ through her testimony.
A big lesson here is that your past, indeed your present, doesn’t determine your eternal future. Jesus intentionally spoke to that woman that day, knowing her sins, in order to show his apostles, the Samaritans and all of us that God’s grace is available to everyone if they seek Him. He pursues liars, adulterers, thieves, and murderers – sinners – in other words, all of us. We only need to be willing to get caught by Him – to surrender to His will.
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