Do you have labels that define you that you wish you could change? I’ve had many negative labels in my past. Some of those are unloved, unworthy, rejected, inadequate, immoral, divorced, self-centered, lost, and hopeless. The woman at the well shared many of those same labels. See John 4:1-42 for the full account of her encounter with Jesus.
This is a story that we all know very well. The really interesting thing about Jesus’ conversation with this woman is that He chose to share the gospel with her. Jesus was a Jew; she was a Samaritan. He was a man; she was a woman. There seems to be no common ground, no reason to talk. She had something He needed—water. In asking her for a drink of water, Jesus caught this woman completely off guard. Jews did not share eating or drinking utensils with Samaritans. The woman could not help wondering why Jesus would ask the unthinkable. His willingness to cast aside cultural barriers got her attention.
Jesus talked to her about the water He could give her that would permanently quench her thirst. She was quick to admit that she needed what He had to offer. He called attention to her sin by asking her to go and get her husband. She responded that she was not married but failed to say that she was living with a man to whom she was not married. She realized that He had divine knowledge as He told her about her life.
The woman responded to Jesus’ message and immediately went back to town to the very people that she avoided on a regular basis and told them to come and see this man who had told her everything she had ever done. She responded to Jesus in faith and immediately began to share the truth with others.
The labels which had defined her at the beginning of this story were now transformed and she had new labels! Perhaps the greatest of these is “Evangelist”.
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all the things that I have done.’ So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.’ John 4:39-42
The greatest purpose of our life is to glorify God and share the good news. This previously outcast woman fulfilled her highest purpose. How about you? Many of those negative labels in my life have changed to more positive ones. You also can change the unwanted labels in your life and fulfill the Lord’s highest purpose for you if you will simply receive Him and share what He has done for you.
About the Writer:
Anna is a mother to three grown children, Nana to four grandchildren and enjoys coordinating Prison Ministry for her church. Her desire is to finish this life well by pointing others to faith in Jesus Christ and to a deeper reliance on Him.