I love taking escapades – unplanned trips that will enlighten and open my heart and my mind. Will you make such a trip with me today? I promise the journey won’t be the one you’ll soon forget. Ready? Let’s go. The place we stop is in Samaria, there we will see Jesus and the lady at the well. She is there to draw water – something I’m sure she does daily. Jesus always raises the bar – detouring to a place off the beaten path to provide a miracle that would shake up the life of the Samaritan woman for good. Jesus stops to rest and ask the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. She was drawing daily from a well that she would have to return continually. Jesus would provide life and love – something more everlasting. He knew her life from beginning to end – her rights and her wrongs. The pivotal moment when he could have sent her away ashamed, condemned and forsaken – he sent her away with love and a renewed hope. He planted a new seed in her life – one that wouldn’t just stun her for the moment, but one that would transform her life for the rest of her life.
As Christians, we too will meet people on the paths of life – some that will not look like us – behave like us, believe like us. What seeds will we plant? There is a shift in seasons here in America – the Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex marriages in all 50 states. Many are outraged – but in the outrage let’s not lose focus on the real call of Christ. I wish that I could dig into the Bible and find a place in it where God sent the sinner away without imparting his heart – and his unconditional love for them. I don’t even have to look far, and you don’t either – You’re his beloved too. Cleaned and restored from sin – and sin remembered no more.
Who God is and what He stands for isn’t disputable. He is the great I Am and forever will be. He is the rock of all ages. The hurting needs to be loved – the lost needs found and the broken needs to be restored. We have all fallen short of the glory of God but aren’t we glad for his GRACE? We can fight for what’s right – but let’s fight with love and stay on the path of righteousness that God has planned for the each of us. The example – His example is all that we need to shine our lights brightly for the world that becomes darker by the day. The only picture I see and the example I want to exemplify is the hand that God was always willing to extend even when we were undeserving.
The day and hour are soon to come, let’s do the work of Christ diligently – lovingly and expediently. We don’t have to agree, but we are called to love wholeheartedly.
But God shows his love for us in that while we are still sinners, Christ died for us.
The word of God changes not.
I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for one another.
Have you enjoyed the journey? The world needs you now – it needs your faith, your hope and your love. A light isn’t lit and hid behind a bush; it shines brightly – forcing darkness away. The greatest show of love is the one that exemplifies the heavenly father. Remember that the God of miracles, forgiveness, mercy, hope, love, kindness, patience still reigns today.