Surprising Requests

Read John 4:7

The story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman is interesting and profound on many levels. For me it starts with Him asking her for a drink. She was surprised by this request. (Perhaps it’s fair to say that it was more than a request.) She voiced her surprise first. “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” The two couldn’t be more different, separated by very high walls of both culture and gender. How can He be reaching over these walls? But this is what Jesus does all the time. If we pay attention, He is making surprising, human-rule-breaking requests of us all the time. They usually involve some form of major or minor sacrifice. The Samaritan woman teaches us many things about Jesus, including how to deal with His surprising requests. She talks it out with Him. She asks her questions. Notice how Jesus always stays with people like her until they get it. He’ll do the same for you today! Is He asking you to do something, to reach across some kind of chasm into the life of another with grace, encouragement, provision, forgiveness, or love? Always choose a conversation or discussion with Him in prayer over an outright rejection of His request. He always has a reason, a good one, for what He asks of you.

Funny thing… Jesus never got His drink, at least not from her. Turns out He was after a lot more. He always is. Her reaction… (John 4:29)… “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” Turns out she and all those she knew were after more than a drink as well. So are we.

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