I have to say I enjoy the the responses in the comment section of a post. If you haven’t done it yet, go on and comment somewhere. It’s an exciting way to connect with others and of course, share your thoughts.
What I especially enjoy is connecting to those thoughts from others that allow me, as the writer, to dive a little deeper into their perspective of the post.
Here’s what he said:
“Love the analogy Tahlitha. And then the woman went on to help convert her whole town. Grace and blessings to you!”
What struck me the most about this comment was, “And then the woman went on to help convert her whole town.” And it lead me to wonder if ‘converting’, in today’s time, is looked at as a good or bad thing? At least from a Christian perspective.
Is it a change of heart or a change of belief? Is ‘converting’ seen as something that’s forced or a welcomed hand to Christ?
In the Samaritan woman’s case, the conclusion could be that she had a change of both heart and mind. And ultimately, received Salvation.
The Bible says the woman met Jesus at the well, but it would further seem that Jesus was waiting for her. That traveling through the town of Samaria, Jesus, both thirsty and tired, would rest at this well, tell this woman about ‘living water,’ and that she would run off, elated, telling the entire town about Jesus.
Jesus was waiting for her.
He was concerned for her.
He cared for her.
You see, in my thinking, when Jesus told the Samaritan woman to “Go and get your husband,” John 4:16, He was also asking her a question.
‘How are you?’
Five husbands and now a live-in boyfriend. Jesus didn’t just ask for water. He was concerned for her soul. Her ultimate well-being. Offering her more than she was ever going to find in the men she had chosen.
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming–the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” John 4:25,26
We thirst (worship) after all the wrong things at times. People, money, status, recognition, and love everywhere but in Christ. Never really quenching that thirst. But now, after mistakes and wrong choices, this Samaritan woman had Jesus. She received everlasting love and the desire to worship God with all her heart.
And what an overjoyed sense of Jesus and salvation she must have felt after their conversation. So much so, that she wanted everyone in the town to drink up. Literally! To taste this living and lasting water being offered. No embarrassment, no hesitation. “Just look, listen, and taste,” she cried out. “He did it for me, He can do it for you, too.”
“When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe.” John 4:40,41
She, through Jesus, converted many.
Jesus doesn’t come into our lives because we’re finally ready to receive Him, He comes into our lives because He knows exactly ‘how we’re doing.’
Have you ever felt and heard Jesus asking, ‘How are you?’ Take his hand, He cares.
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