The conflict and tension between the Jews and Samaritans was centuries old before Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well.
Are there groups of people in your life who you have, consciously or unconsciously, chosen not to engage with? It might help to list the different kinds of people you have spoken to in the last month. Who’s not on that list? Could God be calling you to reach these people?
In this series, I’ll expand on a recent Go Magazine to explore 5 things we can learn from Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4.
Find the first blog post of the series here
#2 The Bigger Picture
Jesus’ initial conversation with the Samaritan woman seems so simple, so inconspicuous. A mere request for hospitality. Sometimes, it is the innocuous things that can actually have great consequences in the kingdom of God.
In the gospels, Jesus always operates with the bigger, heavenly picture in mind. In verse 10, Jesus says: “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” When God is in everything we do, the smallest things can have great significance.
This got me thinking about the small things in my life which I often neglect to do. Things like saying more than just ‘Hello’ to a neighbour or not having spoken to a friend for a while. What kingdom impacts could these things have?
We should never underestimate the significance of small acts. God can make them significant.
God lives inside us. This means that when we offer our hands in friendship, we also offer the friendship and family of God.
I pray that this can be an encouragement to you as you reach out. The next time you have a conversation with a neighbour, colleague or friend, just remember; there is a bigger picture which God is working out through me.
Check back for the third part of this series next week
Dan Challis is Interserve’s Connections Co-ordinator and works to help Christians be envisioned, equipped and engaged with mission in Asia and the Arab World. He's a worship leader, keen cyclist, devoted husband and dad to an angel.