In John 4, Jesus spoke with a lady from Samaria. The Samaritans and the Jews hated each other, and on a normal day you’d never see a Jewish man talk to a Samaritan woman. But, Jesus wanted His disciples and the woman to know that God will meet with someone right where they are, no matter who they are. Back then and even today, God is for everyone.
A lot of us don’t think we have any value because of who we are, what we’ve done, or where we’ve been. And until you receive that God wants to meet with you personally, you’ll never move to your God potential. Read some of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman in John 4:10-18—
Jesus replied, “If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you—you’d ask me for a drink, and I would give to you living water.”
The woman replied, “But sir, you don’t even have a bucket and this well is very deep. So where do you find this ‘living water’? Do you really think that you are greater than our ancestor Jacob who dug this well and drank from it himself, along with his children and livestock?”
Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”
The woman replied, “Let me drink that water so I’ll never be thirsty again and won’t have to come back here to draw water.”
Jesus said, “Go get your husband and bring him back here.”
“But I’m not married,” the woman answered.
“That’s true,” Jesus said, “for you’ve been married five times and now you’re living with a man who is not your husband. You have told the truth.”
This lady was living in denial, which was destroying her destiny. And many of us are in the same boat—we’re searching for something in life but looking in the wrong places. For this woman, she was looking for it in men. For you, it might be something different. Regardless of where we’re looking, we have to understand that when we misdirect our desire, we will never find the significance we were created for.
Desire isn’t always a bad thing, but don’t let it take your focus from the Creator just to put it in the creation. The Samaritan woman knew about God, but she’d never met Him personally in a way that realigned her to her purpose. What about you? Do you know your purpose? God will challenge you where you are in order to move you to where you can be—meet with Him so that He can begin to show you who He made you to be. He knows the incredible things you can do if you’ll just put your faith in Him.