I am so jacked to share these truths that have been sitting on my heart lately from God’s Word with you! It’s such a daggum blessing to be able to send these out and learn so much about the awesomeness of Christ but to think that your hearts might be touched too just blows my mind! He’s got so much awesomeness! So, lately I’ve had to deal with some situations and changes in my life that have been way out of my comfort zone and made me realize even more that I don’t have a clue what to do. The cool part about not having a clue about what to do next, how to act or handle something, those are the moments we come to the end of ourselves. Through God’s amazing grace and the power of the Spirit working within us, we may be at the end of ourselves but at the beginning of Christ. It’s hard to admit we don’t have all the answers and can’t be self-sufficient but that’s the gospel. Christ coming to save us broken, sinful, and weak people, giving us freedom to live with Him today and forever, to walk in His ways not our own, and rest in Him being all we need. He is our Savior and the more we get out of the way, the more He allows us to see our need for Him and our need to be more transformed daily to walk in His light, not our darkness or the darkness of the world. I’ve heard it a million times, we’re called to be Christ-like, live as examples of the sinless, perfect Savior, but during these moments where I’ve been brought to the end of myself the Lord has allowed me to see how we say that and maybe even have the best intentions of living more like Him but the sad truth is we don’t even know where to start. It seems like an impossible task to live like such a perfect example but He didn’t call us to be perfect, He called us to trust Him and each day come a little closer to the ends of ourselves meaning what we think we should do, what we think is best to handle this or act in that. He calls us to become less, and the closer we become to less, the more Christ is present in our hearts and lives. I’ve struggled so hard thinking to be more Christ-like means to do more like reading my Bible or praying more but at the end of the day there is still so much Jordan in me that it’s hard to see a whole lot of good. To be more Christ-like isn’t about doing more, it’s simply becoming less and trusting Him more. I got brought to a point where I was trying to make all these things happen, trying to force stuff in my life whether with relationships or any area really, I was trying to what I thought was “great things” but at the end of the day I was running off Jordan juice and I did more harm than good. The Lord has made it obvious by bringing situations up that I can’t handle or find answers to, that the only way to get a different or great outcome, was to simply become less and be more like Christ. It’s been hard to look at situations and not immediately try to figure it out or fix it, but just remind myself, “okay, what would Jesus do? How would He handle this? How would He have me handle this so I don’t make a bigger mess and have an outcome that shows the light of Christ and shows His light to others?” Those questions at first were scary because how do we know what Jesus would do? How do we possibly act more in His awesome ways? The answer was right in front of me written all over God’s Word and most of all in the pages of the Gospel books where we have a window to see exactly how Christ acted, how He handled so many tough situations.
I usually don’t do series or any kind of lessons but these next few God Golds are going to be lessons for myself as I look into this specific story from John to see how I can learn about Christ, how He acted and how He lived. I pray these lessons can be a help for you also, so we can go on this journey together and see what the Lord wants to show us about Himself and ourselves, with the hope of daily applying these truths and bringer the much needed light of Christ to such a dark world.
John 4:1-6/ When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,). He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
The story of the woman at the well is one I’ve heard a lot of times but I’ve never thought about it like this. Jesus is in the middle of His ministry on earth and He’s obviously a pretty busy guy with a lot to do during this time. Jesus spent 33 years on this earth and only 3 years in ministry so you would think during this 3 years He’s out there getting it, going as fast as He can doing as much as He can before He gets called back home. It’s crazy to me that the Son of God who was fully human and fully God got tired and needed rest but becoming fully human, He went through all the same needs that our flesh goes through. Of course, at any moment He could have snapped His fingers to fix His need but to truly be an example to the people in the flesh, He went all the way. He endured the same temptations and struggles of our weak flesh that we have so when we look at His example like we are here, we can’t just say well Jesus doesn’t understand because He never went through what we’re going through, oh but He did. Seriously sit and think about that, Jesus came down in FULL human form and went through exactly what we endure so He could be our mediator to a God that’s so perfect and Holy, He loved us so much that He came to live as us and be with us and when we are going through something that’s hard, when our flesh is pulling us to go away from God’s ways, Jesus has compassion, love and grace all in one waiting for us because He understands and knows that this life can be hard at times. And what’s even more crazy to think about is Jesus died as a sacrifice for us so we can be with Him now and forever, so He can be there for us in the form of the Holy Spirit living in us because He experienced and lived this and knows how hard it is to get through. It blows my mind to think about Jesus loving us that much and to think He went through His life in the flesh perfect and blameless so we can also look to Him as the example of all examples to learn from and live like.
I’ve honestly never really thought about that one part of the verse saying “Jesus was wearied” or tired from His traveling. It’s stinkin wild that I sat down with the intention of really digging into this story and seeing what we can learn from Christ but God had different plans. That one phrase just set the foundation of our view of Christ and why we are called to daily strive in being more like our Savior and follow His example. I sit here in amazement from what God has already taught us through these pieces of His Word and I can’t wait to see what other awesome truths He has in store for us so we can learn how to be a little more like Christ and lesser of ourselves today than we were yesterday.