Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Leaving the Waterpot Behind - John 4:28-29

“So the woman left her waterpot,
and went into the city, and said to the men,
‘Come and see a man who told me all the things that I have done;
this is not the Christ, is it?’”
(vs 28-29)
Christ ministered, the disciples marveled, and the Samaritan woman high tailed it for home without her water pot! She came to draw water from the well. She left the well on a different mission than she began. Forget well water (at least for the moment), there is living water to carry home!

Everything changed for her at Jacob’s well. Everything! Purpose, perspective, passion – they have all changed. The things that were once so dear to us lose their hold on us once we have truly encountered Christ!

Here’s Ryle’s take:

“Grace once introduced into the heart drives out old tastes and interests. A converted person no longer cares for what he once cared for. A new tenant is in the house; a new pilot is at the helm. The whole world looks different. All things have become new. It was so with Matthew the publican: the moment that grace came into his heart he left the receipt of custom (Mt 9:9). It was so with Peter, James, John and Andrew: as soon as they were converted they forsook their nets and fishing boats (Mk 1:19). It was so with Saul the Pharisee: as soon as he became a Christian he gave up all his brilliant prospects as a Jew, in order to preach the faith he had once despised (Ac 9:20).

“The conduct of the Samaritan woman was precisely of the same kind: for the time present the salvation she had found completely filled her mind. That she never returned for her water-pot would be more than we have a right to say. But under the first impressions of new spiritual life, she went away and left her water-pot behind.”

Can you relate to this woman? What thing that we once held so dear has been totally eclipsed by Christ? What worldly water-pot have we left behind to follow Christ? With this Samaritan woman may we not wrongly forsake our necessary duties but our inordinate devotion to them. May we be willing to leave all to follow Christ. May we, with Paul, honestly say “Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Ph 3:7-8).

In His glorious grace,

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