The Offer

I was in a meeting recently where the conversation and area of focus got me thinking. You know how sometimes you’re asked a question but then somehow, you end up giving a wrong answer to the question? Well, this was the case of the woman of Samaria who Jesus Christ asked for a drink.

John 4:7 & 9

[7]  A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?”
[9]  The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)

I’ve thought about this scenario a couple of times and I know this sort of question requires a ‘Yes or No response. But the Samaritan woman was so surprised that she answered the question with another question! Then Jesus proceeded to give her the first hint about his identity.

John 4:10

[10] Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

At this point, one would have thought that this statement would lead her to the point of asking Him directly who He was, but she went on a fact-declaring and comparison spree. Without apportioning blame, the Samaritan woman spoke from her level of knowledge and understanding, so it would be wrong to judge her based on that.

Eventually, He gave her a chance to make a choice, and she did. What offer has the Father brought to your doorstep this season?

Revelation 3:20

[20] “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.

Just like He offered the Samaritan woman eternal life and related it to an edible thing (water) for her to understand, He’s right there reaching out to you in ways you might find too simple or direct. Open the door of your heart and drop your philosophical knowledge or reasoning at His feet. Don’t shut Him out…

Isaiah 55:8-9

[8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord .
[9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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