Hello Beloved! This month our theme is, “be free” and I realized something earlier today. We are already free, we just don’t allow ourselves to be. This week we’re going to learn how to strut in our freedom from a woman who was able to do so herself, the Samaritan woman at the well. We’re going to go over three important lessons that the Samaritan woman shows us through her story on how to live freely. I highly recommend reading John 4:1-42 for better understanding.
1. Meet with Jesus
“Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ … The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” -John 4:6-7, 9 (NIV)
The only one who can truly set you free is Jesus. I wish you could truly understand the depth of his love in this passage. Jesus was tired, he had been traveling, it was a scorching hot day, and he was thirsty yet he waited to meet with her. Do you know that Jesus longs to meet with you? Do you know that there is nothing that can keep him away from you? Do you know that he cares for you? Jesus is a patient man, the most patient of them all and I truly believe that He would’ve waited there all day because He longed to encounter the Samaritan woman. Imagine how long Jesus has been waiting at the well for you. For some we may find it hard to meet with Jesus, just like the Samaritan woman had. She was shocked when Jesus had spoken to her because at that time Jews and Samaritans didn’t associate with each other. I’ve felt like this before. Like I wasn’t worthy to associate with Jesus because I messed up, but I’m so glad that no matter how far I’ve fallen or badly I’ve messed up that Jesus is always there waiting with opened arms still wanting an encounter with me.
2. Be open and honest
“He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’ ‘I have no husband,’ she replied. Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.'” -John 4:16-18 (NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I tried to glam up my sins or past mistakes before to Jesus…as if he didn’t already know. I learned early on that it’s best to just tell Jesus everything. Why? Because He already knows. For some this is probably the hardest step to truly being free. It’s being vulnerable with Jesus. Sometimes we hide behind our walls because we’re afraid of what Jesus or the world might see. We fear being judged, accused, or ashamed. However, the only way to overpower this is to get in front of it. Stop hiding behind these walls and break them down. Give it to Jesus. Open up to him and just have a conversation with him. You don’t need to use big fancy words to catch his attention. Remember, he’s waiting for you. Be real, be you and be honest.
3. Leave it behind.
“Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?’ They came out of the town and made their way toward him.” -John 4:28-30 (NIV)
After speaking with Jesus the woman returned to the town without her water jar. Her water jar is symbolic for her past. The Samaritan woman went to the well at noon, the hottest time of the day because she didn’t want to be seen by the townsfolk. We know how that feels. Walking around knowing that people know your past wrongs so you try to avoid interaction. But I love what the Samaritan woman did. She chose to leave her water jar behind. She didn’t let it burden her anymore. She decided to not just be free, but she was bold. She went back to town and told everyone about the man she had just met, and guess what. It didn’t stop there.
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” -John 4:39-42 (NIV)
Because the Samaritan met with Jesus, was honest with him, and chose to leave her past behind she was able to tell her testimony with boldness and confidence. Because of this many more were able to encounter Jesus, His kindness, but most importantly His love.
Jesus wants you to be free. There’s so much that God has planned for your life, but you won’t ever be able to truly experience or enjoy it if you’re constantly bound to your past. Stop living in fear or shame. Jesus set you free when he died on the cross. Enjoy your freedom and continue to help others see that they can too.
Remember, you are free and you are God’s beloved.