Friday, January 19, 2018

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” - John 4:7-9
One simple question that we view as part of necessary information to get into the meat of the story is the difference maker for a Samaritan woman. When Jesus asked for a simple drink of water he changed her perspective on life and who she is. She most likely walked to the well that day with very little self esteem even though she might have been the best looking and well built lady in town. It was her assigned position, nothing she had done. Female, subservient, wrong nationality, least respected, she went to the well at high noon because that was when nobody else went. Jesus gave her a lift. No, not a ride into town, but a life lift. Because that is what the grace of God does through the work of His Son. He encounters those who perceive to be the lowest and least likely and gives them a place of honor, providing water for the King. There is much more to this story, and you might argue more important teaching, but let’s not lose sight of the fact the Jesus added undefinable value and worth to how this women saw herself with a question. In fact so much value that she went back to her town and spoke and shouted and people listened to her in a public setting. Maybe for the first time ever. Because that what Jesus does. He adds value to our lives. As a child of the king, you have immeasurable value and worth. Don’t let people or circumstances speak into your soul differently. 
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving each of us a life lift, a grace lift, a lift not determined by any human being but by your Son who died for every single person. May each of see our value based on your love and not on the affirmation of people around us. Position our head high to reflect your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.