I looked around my Bible Study table yesterday in awe of our genuine love for one another and Jesus. It was our last time to discuss the lessons, and we’ve come so far. What started as a randomly put-together group of “put-together” women has transformed into a family of restored sisters linking arms in our fight of faith because of this... our personal encounters with Jesus and our willingness to leave our water jars and go back to town.
Let me explain.
Most often, when you meet other women, you think you’re a mess and they have it all together. Right?! You picture yourself as the woman at the well in John 4 who comes at noon to collect water alone so that the others won’t judge, gossip, and exclude you because of your story. Yep, me too.
I let my regrets overshadow my restoration story.
And it’s not until I experience the real and refreshing fellowship with Jesus that I am ready to be open to genuine refreshing fellowship with others. When I drink in His revelation of truth and that He knows me and loves me deeper still, something inside of me is changed. I see my life as less about me and more about Him. He makes me brave.
My regrets actually become my restoration story in a way that responds to my Savior with boldness and worship.
And I put down my water jar and go.
I go back into the city.
I run to tell others of His power.
I splash living water onto them.
And I celebrate my new life with transparency because I know I am loved by the One who matters.
It just took one of us at the Bible Study table to put down her jar and tell her story... and the others came running with joy to the feet of the Messiah with their own stories and songs to share. Just one woman.
Am I her?
Am I daily drawing from the well?
Do I drink choose earthly or living water?
How do I respond to my Savior as He approaches?
And am I willing to put down my jar and go?
People are waiting back in town with their own regrets and need for restoration that comes only in the presence of the Redeemer, and we know the way to Him.
Oh Jesus, thank you for meeting us at the well. You redeem our all! Help us be brave! Amen.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
- Ephesians 2:4-10