Jesus and the Samaritan Women - Part 4

OPENING PRAYER

God, help my life to be nourished with your food to continue your work.

 

READ: JOHN 4:28-38

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.  31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”  32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”  33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”  34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

 

REFLECT

Do you remember the first time you realized God knows everything about you?  What did you think?  How did you react?  The Samaritan woman has one conversation with Jesus yet she runs to her friends saying, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did.  Could this be the Messiah?”  As she listened she knew.  This man IS greater than Jacob.  Maybe He does know something about living water!  Once the woman realizes a little more about Jesus, she can’t contain her joy and amazement and she rushes back to town to spread the news about Him.  Even as the disciples return to where Jesus waits, it’s apparent that they still need to listen more to the Savior.  Eventually, this group of followers will participate in the harvest work Jesus came to finish.  The Samaritan woman is already planting seeds.  Open your eyes!  The fields are ripe!

 

APPLY

As we understand more about Jesus and when we see clearly Jesus knows everything about each of us, let’s be prepared to sow seeds of truth, joy and amazement about The Messiah.  Let’s always be prepared to help with the harvest by sharing the simple truth about Jesus.  There’s no one like Him!

 

CLOSING PRAYER

God, I thank you that someone shared the truth about Jesus with me.  Grant me the courage, wisdom and grace to always share Jesus with others.