The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.
Devotion by Julia Shiver
Since no one is signed up to do tomorrow’s devotion, I am adding that verse to my devotion. Besides, verse 9 asks a question. Why are you even speaking to me, a woman not related to you, with a bad reputation, and an enemy of the Jewish people? And verse 10 is Jesus’ reply. If you knew who I was, or what I offered, you would be asking me for a drink. Jesus tells this unnamed woman who he is, the Messiah, the one foretold, the one to bring living water, eternal life with God. And the woman has great faith. She takes a drink then goes to her people and tells them all that has happened to her. And they believe.
Jesus takes one step out of the confined societal expectations, speaks to one woman, a foreigner, and opens up his message of eternal life in God to a whole country of people. Every time we take a step out of our comfort zone, be it geographical, societal, political, we have a chance to share that good news with someone else. What an extraordinary gift we have been given, a gift meant to be shared. We honor that gift when we share it with someone else.
Dear God, Thank you for the gift of your Son, the Living Water of Eternal Life. May I honor that gift by being open to sharing it with others I meet in life. Amen.