A five-part series on Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:7-45 and what it teaches us about gospel harvesting.
Part 2: Seeing People as God Sees Them
When you look at the field of people in the world, what do you see? Do you see people in categories by religious or political affiliation? Do you label people based on their heritage, upbringing or address? Now think about how God sees people.
John 4:9 shows us the world the woman lives in when she asks Jesus, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” In her world Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans. They were not equal. Yet God makes no distinction between Jews and Samaritans. He sees all people as created in his image. This is what Jesus expresses in verse 10: “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.”
In God’s Kingdom it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, you are equal to everyone else. God shows no partiality, no favoritism, no bias toward Jews or Samaritans. God offers living water to everyone. All you have to do is ask. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).”
It is essential that you see people the way God sees them — as made in His image. We must be willing and able to offer living water to anyone who asks us for it. The Samaritan woman only knows religion, not “the gift of God” or the Messiah. She only knows that it is taboo for her to associate with a Jew. Yet her unsatisfied thirst longs for living water.
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Next Friday, Part 3: Never Thirsting Again