For the past two weeks at BSF, we have been studying the “Samaritan woman at the well.” There are many lessons within it, but one that caught my attention was that she, an uneducated, pagan woman with a bad reputation, quickly responded to Jesus with sincerity (although not complete understanding). Jesus convicts her of sin, without judgment or condemnation, and she does not flee from him, she does not lie or justify her situation. Instead, she opens her heart to him, therefore, allowing Jesus to grant her the “living water” he promises that she desires.
Jesus goes out of his way and patiently waits for us to be ready for him. But in order to know the truth of who God is, we need to first know the truth of who we are.
Do not be discouraged if God brings sins to light that you haven’t seen before. “To feel a worse sinner than ever before, as a result of reading the Bible or deliberately receiving Christ through the person of the Holy Spirit, is progress. The dead feel nothing. (Lesson 7, Series V, BSF)”
We need to first be convicted of sin, grieve that sin and then turn from it. Do I want true repentance? Do I truly want to turn from my sin? Do I rationalize the truth? If I don’t, I can’t truly be satisfied by the living water Jesus offers.
“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ ” John 4: 13-14