An energised Jesus
John 4: 27-38
Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.”
She was a woman.
A Samaritan woman.
A woman who had a story that either ostracised her in the suffering or because of social stigma.
She hadn’t fully grasped everything Jesus had said.
She doesn’t ask for baptism.
She doesn’t say she has found the Messiah, she is not 100% convinced yet.
She runs into the town and tells everyone her experience. That she had met a man who knew everything about her and all she had done. It wasn’t exactly the full gospel explained. No one had signed up for Alpha yet.
However, despite this, Jesus was energised. He didn’t need any earthly stimulus. He didn’t need food. Not on this occasion. This conversation with a Samaritan woman was full of possibilities and opportunities. This is why he had come.
May we all be energised continually with the conversations we have despite our own needs to sit by wells because of tiredness. The impromptu ones that are not held within the week of evangelism but are just part of our lives.
May we be so fired up with the possibilities of what could happen if these conversations turn out to be conversions that we are so consumed and energised we don’t think or worry about what others do.