What would motivate you to engage people you didn't know, or worse, who had mocked, shunned, or tormented you? That's exactly what the Samaritan woman did!
What if I forgot to bring home the water supply for our household for the whole day? Now that is a big ole honkin' deal!
Yesterday I told a colleague I was frustrated by trying to learn our new calendar system. I told her that I don't want the "whole world" to know about my "whole life". (Don't worry, Dear Reader, I don't have five husbands hiding in the closet like the Samaritan woman did.)
Not the Samaritan woman. She was so thrilled at how Jesus knew all about her, and accepted her anyway. How brave and transparent and exhilarated she was as she ran to tell everyone in her village!
28 Then the woman left her water jar, and went into the city and began telling the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done! Can this be the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)?”
John 4: 28-29 AMP
The Samaritan woman had gone to fetch life-sustaining water, and instead found the water of a new life.
25 The woman said, “I know that the Messiah is coming.” (He is the one called Christ.) “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus said, “He is talking to you now—I am the Messiah.”
27 Just then Jesus’ followers came back from town. They were surprised because they saw Jesus talking with a woman. But none of them asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to town. She told the people there, 29 “A man told me everything I have ever done. Come see him. Maybe he is the Messiah.”
John 4:25-29 ERV
And yet, it was true. The Messiah had stepped into her life, and she couldn't wait to tell everyone she met. His touch was greater than barely getting by, greater than her past.
Dear Reader, Jesus doesn't care about our past failings. He's bigger than any challenge we may be facing. Jesus doesn't just want to walk with you, he wants to carry your burdens for you.
My prayer for you is that you have, or will very soon, discover that the Babe in the manger is too good not to be true. Jesus stepped out of heaven and wants to step into your life. He wants to make your life too good to be true.