John 4 tells the oh-so-popular story of the woman at the well. This unnamed, Samaritan woman is asked, by a man she doesn’t know, for water. Her response? “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?”
Point numero uno: she doesn’t know this is Jesus. Numero dos: she put herself in a box.
By stating the fact that she was a Samaritan and this random man Jew, she confined herself to a box, limiting herself. I wonder how many of us limit ourselves by claiming things as our identities that–in all reality–don’t define us. This could be things such as: illnesses, disorders, relationships, jobs, kids, failures, accidents, grades, money, success, etc.
The neat thing is this: the woman at the well was not confined to her self-proclaimed box for all of eternity. After conversing with this man, Jesus, she recognized that there was something special about him. She goes back to her town to rally some of her peeps to meet this amazing man who was, quiet possibly, the Christ.
After the other towns folk interact with him they said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
The Lord is ready to use each and every one of us to build his kingdom. Too often we are limiting and disqualifying ourselves from the work he has called us to. He sees us as: pure, white, immaculate, his sons and daughters. The sower longs to rejoice with the reapers of his harvest. To do that, we need to join in the work of the harvest.
So here is to breaking down boxes and stepping in to the freedom of being a harvester.
Until Next Time,