365 Days of Growing Together
John 4: 7-10 (NLT) – (7) “Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” (8) He was alone at the time because His disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. (9) The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink” (10) Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Hi WR2W, we all have issues, but it is up to us what we do with them. Do we allow our issues to keep us stuck in a place of shame, unforgiveness, fear, and doubt or do we surrender them to God and allow them to aid us in meeting our potential? Let us take the Samaritan woman for example. She was a woman with many issues. One was the fact that she was of a mixed race known as the Samaritans and another resulted from a few romantic experiences with men. However, Jesus used her issues to bring her to her potential and if He did it for her, He will do it for us. Every day come rain or sunshine, He allowed her issues to keep her appointment with Jacob’s well at her regular scheduled time, 12:00 in the afternoon. And although she was unaware, but it was because of her consistency, which was based upon the shame of her issues, that she met her Potential. What I love about this story is that when she arrived at Jacob’s well, she did not have any expectations. Nevertheless, her Potential was expecting her arrival, sitting there like a perfect gentleman, waiting patiently in the heat of the day. How many of us know that Jesus, He will wait on us because our issues do not stop Jesus from paying us a visit, if anything they draw us nearer to Him and when this happens, He will draw nearer to us? For the word tells us in James 4:8 (NLT), “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
WR2W, Jesus was the potential she so desperately needed, and although she did not have expectations, and most of us do, He is who we need to meet our potential. Our problem is not that we are showing up with expectations for our spouse, financial breakthrough, family, job, or whatever we are expecting, but that we are in a hurry every day to meet it. There was no hurry, no rush, and no urgency with Jesus. He was just patiently waiting for her alone during this rather unusual time of the day and He is waiting for you and me, but it can only come, when we learn to take Jesus’ approach and patiently wait for the arrival! Like the Samaritan woman, we are extraordinary; one of kind, and although we have issues, it is something different about us. We are the chosen ones, handpicked by God for such a time as this! If God says it is our time, then that which we are waiting on has got to come to pass because it is a part of God’s plan for us to reach destiny!
Do you think Jesus needed her to give Him a drink? Do you really think He was thirsty? He is the “living water” when we are thirsty. But because Jesus understood His assignment and was willing to fulfill the work of His Father, this perfect gentleman in waiting, did not ask her for a drink; instead, He told her with boldness to “Please give me a drink.” We better learn how to speak to the very thing we have been waiting on with the virtues of boldness, confidence, and authority. It is no time to fear! For 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) states “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It is time for us to stop asking in fear and start declaring in faith, “Please give me a drink” (the spouse, financial breakthrough, family, job, or whatever we are expecting). WR2W, we may have issues, but we still have potential and Jesus is waiting on us. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
My Issues Met My Potential