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Friday, June 23, 2017

Inspired by . . . a common need

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Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water." (Joh 4:13-15)

I wonder how much the Samaritan woman really understood when she asked Jesus for, "this water." How much do any of us understand at the beginning of a relationship? We have a need, a desire and we seek fulfillment.

Whether it be a husband, wife, friend, casual acquaintance or an addiction. It all begins with a need. Most relationships leave us wanting more. I need my coffee every morning -sometimes even again in the afternoon - we grow tired of our husband or a friend lets us down.

The woman at the well understood all this. Husbands had failed her and she'd failed them. Friends shunned her and there was a constant thirst deep within her soul that water could not quench.

"Sir, give me this water."

In response Jesus addressed her sin. The woman neither denied His words nor ran away from them, so great was her need.

Until we come to the place where we are able to face our sin and own it, we will never accept what Jesus gives. [click to tweet]

The woman received what Jesus offered her.  So changed was she that she left her water jar and sought out the people of her village to tell them the Good News.

She no longer needed water for bathing - His love cleanses us

She no longer felt ashamed - His love clothes us in righteousness

This woman's story is commonly known. A common story, about a common need. But Jesus' approach to this woman was decidedly uncommonFor Him to speak to a woman, and a Samaritan woman at that, shocked His disciples.

Perhaps you think that God wouldn't speak to someone like you. Or maybe you've come to the well so often that you no longer expect to find Him there.

He is there. 

He is waiting.

For each of us.

How will we respond when He says, "Give me a drink."

What do I have to offer Him today?

Only my heart.


Sharing inspiration here:
Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty
Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement

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