Friend of Sinners – The Woman at the Well

Jesus was known as a friend of sinners. It was meant as a criticism of his character, but we think he may have viewed it as a compliment.

Jesus’ longest recorded conversation during his time on earth is with a troubled woman. We never learn her name, but know her as the woman at the well. Jesus stopped what he was doing and broke down barriers to reach her. You can read the story in John 4:4-42. There are several lessons we can learn from this interaction.

Go where the people are – Jewish people in Jesus’ day would have avoided Samaria at all costs. This story says that Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” He was compelled to go where other people wouldn’t have set foot. He broke down cultural and gender barriers to meet this woman right where she was.

Create margin in your busy lives – Maybe you’ve heard the saying – if the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. Jesus made time for interruptions. He had enough margin in his busy life for what was most important.

Initiate conversations – We can’t sit back and wait for evangelistic opportunities to fall into our laps. We need to take initiative. Jesus is strategic. He doesn’t posture himself as one who has all the answers. He puts himself in the position of one who has a need when he asks for a drink of water.

Be content to reach the one – Jesus is all about the one. We cripple ourselves thinking about doing big things for God, when all we really have to do is think about the one person in front of us.

Reaching one can reach many – One conversation with one woman changed an entire community. You never know what doors will open by sharing with just one person.

People are worth saving – Jesus didn’t judge this woman. He showed her value. He spoke the truth in love and it set her free.

Nothing satisfies like being used by God – The disciples brought Jesus something to eat but he wasn’t hungry. Nothing satisfies, nothing fills you up like being used by God to change someone’s eternal destiny.

Invite the people in your world to Shoreline this Easter. Make time for conversations. Be on the look out for the one. Share a post from our Facebook page or use our Easter Facebook event. We are ready to share the beautiful love story of Easter this weekend.