Come as You Are


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Come to the Water                                 Come As You Are

John 4:4-9

       4 And He had to pass through Samaria.  5 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

The Woman of Samaria

       7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
 
He is thirsty. He stops by the village well to get a drink. A woman comes to draw water. She comes by herself. She comes at the time of day expecting to be by herself. She encounters Jesus. She is stunned by Jesus’ simple request for a drink of water. (see v 9)

She had her preconceived notions about being accepted by others.

With one small request, Jesus shatters those mistaken notions.

We have our thoughts about who Jesus should accept.

Like the woman at the well, with our failings and brokenness we find it hard to believe Jesus will accept us.

Like the disciples (see John 4:27), we are shocked at who Jesus accepts.

Jesus invites all to come as they are.

Reflect On:

1) How does the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman help you overcome your story of UNACCEPTANCE.

2) How will you be a living testimony of God’s grace this week to help someone experience ACCEPTANCE?
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