“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.'”
Are you partial to any biblical characters? Are there select someones within the scriptures who reflect a certain aspect of your character or behavior? Or maybe they’re not like you necessarily – but you just find yourself drawn to them for some reason?
I feel this way about the Samaritan woman at the well.
I’ve written about this passage before. You can find that here. But as I revisit the story, drawing water once again, the Lord gives me fresh revelation about the power of revelation.
How does Jesus save her? How does Jesus free her from her cycles of bondage and shame? How does he open her eyes to the love that He has for her?
He tells her everything she’s ever done.
He reveals Himself as the Messiah by revealing His intimate knowledge of her. He makes sure she knows that He knows all about her past – and that it doesn’t disqualify her from the gift He has for her. In fact, I would argue that her story shows she’s thirsty for His living water; and that she was created to be a worshipper of the one true God.
But that’s besides the point.
The point is this – it’s His omniscience that convinces her that He is the Christ. When she leaves, she says, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did.”
Have you let Jesus tell you everything you’ve ever done?
Have you listened to Jesus speak, in the same breath, both your deepest iniquities and your deepest dreams? He loves you. He sees both.
Open up. Let Him in.
We must worship Him in Spirit and truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Let’s get colloquial real quick – There ain’t no use fakin’ it with Jesus, man. We must let Him speak into those scary places because He is truth; and we can trust His perspective. We can trust what He says.
What will He do once we let Him in?
He’ll blow His breath of life, revealing that beneath your darkest sin hides the corrosion of a scarred heart. He’ll illuminate your holy imagination by faith; faith that pleases Him, faith that says that your most shameful dirty little secret is the product of misdirected worship. He’ll love you through your brokenness, through your pain – and in the process, you’ll gain deeper revelation of Jesus as Messiah.
Humble yourself before Jesus.
“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.”
Drink from the well that lives within you.
It’d be a shame to let living water go to waste.