Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” ~John 4:10
The story of the Woman of Samaria is one that is very powerful. Filled with love, healing, reconciliation, searching for the path, and joy. Here was this woman who was searching for something she never thought she would receive. She was in the presence of God Himself, but failed to realize the Gift that was in front of her.
Jesus was thirsty, but not for earthly things, He was thirsty for her Soul. He traveled a road no Jew had ever dared traveled before, and he broke a rule and spoke to a woman. He met her where she was in her walk of life; broken, battered, bruised and sinful. Divorced five times and living with someone out of wedlock. She was looked down upon, lower than a dog, yet Jesus had mercy upon her. He met her with Love and Mercy not condemnation and judgment. He met her at the Wellspring of her life and offered her eternal life.
Do we take the time to recognize the Gift’s of God that are in our own midst? The people God sends to us, places in our lives for a specific reason? Do we judge others for what they have done or are doing or not doing? While I was preaching this evening, Jesus walked through the doors of the Church… late into the service I was leading. He walked down the center isle of the Church in the middle of my words. 40 – 50 people saw him enter and walk toward me, then he took a seat in the front row. He was somewhat unkempt; dirty, and smelled of alcohol. I also failed to mention that he had a bottle of scotch he tried to hid under his hat. He sat quietly and listened intently for the remainder of my talk, and at the end asked some questions. I took the time to speak with him then he departed and began looking at some of the icons in the Church. When others departed he asked me questions about the ‘circles around the head’s’ of those depicted in the pictures, of which I explained to him. He then inquired of the icons of the Holy Infant, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help, of which I explained to him. I asked if he would like prayer and he responded “Why? I don’t know? No thank you”, and then went on his way.
This man entered in to the OPEN DOOR of God’s Mercy. He walked through the Open Door of the Church seeking something. I tried not to judge but to be of-service, after all, he was and is a child of God.
The Gift of God was before me. The Gift of understanding, mercy, healing and forgiveness. The Gift of compassion was before me and I was lucky that I recognized that gift before me, as I have failed to do, so many times in my life.
You are the Gift of God. You have received Salvation for it has already been purchased for you! Judgment has already been rendered and you have been found guilty, yet the Gift of GRACE has entered the world and found you WORTHY of the Gift of Forgiveness; Found you WORTHY of the Gift of Mercy. Now it is time for us to not only BE that Gift, but to GIVE it away FREELY and UNCONDITIONALLY!
Do you know the Gift of God that is before you this day? Know it; Know Him; Be Him and give it away to others on the path of knowledge. The Door of Mercy is now open to all God’s Children.
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