No Shame

John 4:7-10 WEB

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” [8] For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. [9] The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) [10] Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

Jesus was tired and he took his rest in the most unlikely place. He sat down at Jacob’s well in Samaria. In Jesus’ time, Israel had a right place to live and a wrong place to live. The right place was Judea, and the wrong place was Galilee. However, all Jewish people agreed that they were better than Samaritans. When Jesus sat down in Samaria and sent his disciples for food, he was ignoring basic protocol that any decent Jew would know and come into conformity. His disciples went for food and Jesus stayed for a drink.

The drink would come from the hand of a sinner. Not only a Samaritan but one that had lived a scorn-worthy life. For Jesus, this was another level of non-conformity. Yet, the Samaritan woman loved God and Jesus had a believing heart set as the target of his attention. Without a doubt, Jesus was hearing from the Spirit of God. He did not shrug off conformity because he was anti-social. Jesus was not a nonconformist for attention. He was simply more interested in the condition of people’s hearts than he was interested in social mores.

Lord, please help me care more about the spiritual condition of the people around me than I care for my reputation and social standing. Forgive me for caring so much about conformity that I have refrained from sharing the gospel. Help me follow your example. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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