She met Jesus face to face
The Samaritan Woman is not her given name, it has become her identity. This is often how we identify each other, not by who we are and our given name but by what we have done and how it is remembered. Consider people you know, even by acquaintance, when you think of them what comes to mind first?
When Jesus was faced with an individual society told Him not to even speak with what was His reaction? What is ours?
Jesus blithely disregarded the ancient enmity between the two groups. He began talking to the woman about ‘living water’. The woman questioned him and drew him into conversation. Jesus explained that when people drink ordinary water, they get thirsty again. But he had water that gave eternal, life.
Naturally this caught the interest of the woman, burdened as she was with the daily task of carrying water. She asked for some of this ‘living water’.
In this story, a woman experienced the progressive stages of faith in Jesus. She met Jesus, she learned about him, and she came to believe in him. Then she went and told other people about him.
The people listening to her also came to believe in Jesus. It did not matter that she was a woman and a Samaritan. Gender and nationality were not important. No one was excluded from the Christian community. Is this the way you live? Is this the way you respond to individuals in need? Do you brush it off and justify such behavior by saying there are plenty of other people to help that person…
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life John 4:14
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint Jeremiah 31:25
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled Matthew 5:6
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them John 7:38
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes Revelation 7:17
With overwhelming evidence of what we possess within us and what is needed in this world how then can we justify keeping it sealed inside.
Everyone has the ability to give something. Money is not crucial to change lives love is, willingness, prayer, and selflessness. When topics such as this come up individuals tend to immediately go to the thought of monetary giving as to much or not an option but everyone can give something to someone.
Don’t make excuses. Make changes.