Changing My Privacy Settings

A Christians life more times than not was not always a life lived in or for Christ. And once we accepted  Christ into our lives we may have still had questionable doubts from our past. Thoughts we thought Jesus himself wouldn’t understand.

Thoughts that maybe His blood may have missed or would never cover. Reluctant guilt, enduring abuse, lasting shame, and consuming addictions. But in our most intimate times with God, in prayer, we may have set up privacy settings.

Settings that only allow God into the thoughts we share freely, not the ones under lock and key.

Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” John 4:29

The woman at the well just moments earlier walked up on a tired and thirsty Jesus. He asked her for a drink of water. And He offered her one as well. Living water! Her past, and more importantly, her future, was presented to her in a way that could only be found in Him.

Well aware of this Samaritan woman’s past, and even her right now, as an outcast, He wanted to give her something better, better than her current situation ever could. A future and a hope!

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

There in the midst of it all, and what some might view as Jesus calling her out, He made her well aware that He knew of her previous five husbands, and her current live in boyfriend. That what she revealed and didn’t reveal to Jesus, He already knew. That her thoughts of who she would always be, were in the best hands now.

Changing her privacy settings, she ran way excited and unashamed, telling others what Jesus tell us all standing at the well, “…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again…” Eternal life!

Now I can only imagine what this Samaritan woman did after all of this. Maybe she kicked her boyfriend out, or even brought him to Christ as well. Maybe they married, became this power couple spreading the love of Jesus Christ. Who knows? But she was forever changed. Privacy settings and all.

Just remember, we’re not always as strong as we think we are, and not as weak either. Let’s turn it all over to Christ, in prayer.

Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver

Related article: http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/today/

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10 comments

  1. Never thought about what they did after she met Jesus! Great read!

  2. Thank you very much, Cathy.

    Just my thoughts on what happened to her afterwards, she may have went on and done the most courageous things for Christ 🙂

  3. What a unique way to look at the Woman at the Well. She had kept a lot of herself private because of her lifestyle. She even came to the well at a time when no other women would be there to ‘talk’ about her. She certainly never expected a man, a Jew, and let alone a Rabbi to do so. Yet He did and she became the first missionary. What an awesome God we serve!!! Marie

  4. Thanks Marie.

    What God can do in and with our lives is simply amazing. Testimonies at their finest.

  5. Just wanted to let you know I’ve added a link to your blog on my site. Marie

  6. Thanks Marie, you’re a blessing!

  7. When our privacy settings are too high, we risk a firewall preventing downloads. I wonder how many times God’s tried to give me insight or grace, but the privacy settings in my life created a firewall that stopped me from receiving what God was trying to send. I Guess I’ll have to go make sure there’s nothing important from God that I accidentally marked as spam. I really enjoyed your post. Thanks so much…

  8. Love the analogy Tahlitha. And then the woman went on to help convert her whole town. Grace and blessings to you!

  9. Hi Joshua, I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for reading the post. I enjoyed all the references like downloads, firewall, and spam 🙂

    Just another way to advocate for having a strong prayer life. God wants it all.

    God bless you.

  10. Thanks Vince.

    I have to believe that Jesus wants all of our devotion. That there’s nothing we have to hide from Christ, in prayer. He wants it all.

    Enjoying your posts. And blessings to you as well.

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