.Note: This piece first appeared on the Ignite Life blog. Click here to read the original article.
Scripture tells us that “to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 NLT). Wow. We accept Him. He accepts us. Indeed, acceptance permeates all encounters with Jesus.
Chapter four of John describes one such encounter. The heat of the noonday sun blazed down on a Samaritan woman as she carried her water jar along the dirt road outside her village of Sychar. As she arrived at the well, she noticed Jesus sitting there. She did not know who He was, but she could tell that He was a Jewish man. While she prepared her vessel to draw from the well, Jesus asked her for a drink. This surprised her on many levels. First, Jews did not often even enter Samaria. John says, “Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans” (4:9). Additionally, in that culture men did not generally speak to women in public—the woman herself even points this out as she tells Jesus that He is a Jewish man and she is a Samaritan woman and asks Him, “Why are you asking me for a drink?” (4:9).
Let the lessons in acceptance begin.
Jesus responds, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water” (4:10). Ask me, and I will accept your request and give you life. That’s how it is with Jesus. He knows we have a need. He longs for us to accept His help, so that He can accept us.
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