Monday, April 11, 2011


 Monday – John 4.1-42
This week we will look at Jesus encounter with the woman at the well focusing on the 2nd half of the narrative.  Pray that God would use these meditations to transform your life.

Tuesday – John 4.27-30; Matthew 28.19-20
The woman, upon discovery of who Jesus is, leaves her water jar and makes a beeline for the town.  She must tell others of this man who told her everything she ever did.  She has experienced the grace of God, and she wants others to know of the salvation that can be found in Christ.  She is very excited about what God has done in her life, so she tells others.  Do you see a similar excitement in your life over what God has done for you?  Do you have a similar zeal to share your faith with others?  Pray that God would give us an excitement for evangelism like this woman.

Wednesday – John 4.31-38; Deuteronomy 8
Jesus uses his encounter with the woman as a teaching tool for his disciples regarding his priorities.  He tells them that his food is ‘to do the will of Him who sent Him.’  Food is one of the most basic desires and needs we have and a topic our thoughts are often consumed with (especially men!).  Jesus tells his disciples that his food is to do His Father’s will.  The most basic need Jesus had while walking this Earth wasn’t what he was going to eat for dinner but how he was going to accomplish His Father’s will.  Do you have a like desire to accomplish God’s will?  What do you think about more: what you are going to eat or how you can do God’s will?  Sadly, we are far too often much more concerned with our next meal than we are with doing God’s will.  Pray that God would show you that ‘man does not live by bread alone but by ever word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

Thursday – John 4.31-38; Matthew 9.37-38
One of the most often used metaphors for God’s work of salvation is sowing and harvesting.  Jesus tells his followers to look up and see that the fields are ripe for harvest.  This probably occurred while the Samaritans were coming out of the town in the distance.  Jesus knew that a great reaping of souls was about to take place.  God’s work of harvesting souls is not complete.  He is still gathering his people, and there are still those in our community who need to be harvested unto the Lord.  God allows us to work with him in this great work of harvest.  Are you working with God in the harvesting of souls?

Friday – John 4.39-42; 1 Corinthians 1.18-31
The story of the woman at the well shows us that salvation is of the Lord and that God’s candidates for salvation often go against what would be expected.  Nicodemus was everything a person would have looked for in starting a religious movement.  The woman at the well would have been everything a person would not have looked for.  However, at the end of the day, she has believed in Jesus where as Nicodemus leaves his meeting with Christ confused and disappointed.  We can often have unbiblical expectations about what type of people would make good candidates for salvation.  We want those who seem to have it together, who have money and prestige.  However, God’s ways are not ours, and he often chooses those who we would least expect.

Saturday – John 4.1-42
John 4 ultimately shows us that Jesus and Jesus alone is the Savior of the world.  Have you trust in Jesus?  If so, then praise God that he sent his son into the world to save you.  Prepare yourself today as we will gather for worship tomorrow.

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