The 'woman at the well' is a familiar story. It is one of the stories we tell our children. It is an account that we hear from the pulpit many times. I know I have heard and read it countless times before and yet today, I see Truth afresh.
As I read, the words come off the page at me, yet I hear them differently. I hear the same cries, yet they are different, "How is it that you, a CHRISTIAN, would ask for a drink from me, take time to talk with me without judgement, would look me in the eye and show love, me a woman of the World? for Christians have no dealings with drug addicts, unwed mothers, tree-huggers, drunkards, atheist, Muslims, people who curse, or die their hair blue."
Did that hurt? It hurt me. To be more accurate, it grieved the Holy Spirit which dwells in me. (Eph 4:29-32)
The Spirit, which dwells in me, longs to love on those around me. It longs to use my hands, feet and mouth to pour out Gods love to the people with whom I come in contact. You see, Jesus showed love to this woman who came to the well. He offered her life...everlasting life. He spoke to her. He looked her in the eyes and spoke directly to the heart of her need. He sees she is filling the hole in her heart with men. He sees her thirst for acceptance and love. He offered to fill the hole with living water, that she will thirst no more. He 'reads her mail.' He knew that she was an adulterer and that she was living with a man that was not her husband and He confronts her with that truth. He doesn't badger her, preach to her about how she was living in sin, stone her or begin to speak condescending and pious to her. He doesn't retract His offer of living water. No, he offers her the Truth of who He is. He offers her freedom from the bondage of sin that holds her captive. He offers her water that she may thirst no more. He offers to feel the hole with LIFE.
What do non-Christians have to say about most Christians today? Do they walk away and wonder why we can show love? Do they long for the joy they see in us? Truth be told, most non-Christians say, "Christians are Hypocrites, Judgmental and Pious." How do we change this? We must first start living like CHRIST! Jesus loved those around Him. He healed their sicknesses physically so he could heal their sin spiritually. He gave the blind eye sight so he could open their blind heart to eternity before them. He fed their physical bodies so he could fee them spiritual Truth. If we, as Christians, want to see a change in this nation, if we want to save our neighbors and those we meet in the grocery store...we have to LIVE AS CHRIST lived. He loved on people. He met them where they were, met their physical need, their emotional needs and then He gave them spiritual food for their souls.
Don't forget Christ's death on the cross was for each and every person. (1 Peter 3:9) No gender requirements or ethnicity specifications where placed on this gift. He died to pay for each of our sins. (John 3:16) Period. This gift of God is free (Eph 3:8) to anyone who will accept it but SO many don't even know what the gift is because His 'body', the church, is not being Christ-like. (Romans 10:14, John 13:35) Too many Christians are quick to point out the sin but not so quick to offer the love that can wash the sin white as snow. How hypocritical, judgmental, and pious...right?
My charge to you, and to myself, is that we will truly follow Christ's example. That we will read the accounts of Christs life again and ask for the Spirit to give us revelation knowledge. That we will ask the Spirit to reveal prejudices in our hearts that hold us back from truly being the hands and feet of Christ. That we will learn how to offer the living water first, reveal the sin, in love, and then give them the keys to their freedom. I pray we will have the courage to see Truth in the scripture, and to follow out God's leading when we do.
"And he <Jesus> said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel <the good news> to the whole creation." Mark 16:15