Every minute counts
'...Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well...' John 4:6 NIV
Jesus had an amazing way of making every minute of his life count. 2000 years ago they had no cars, so people walked everywhere. In this story Jesus stops at a well halfway through a long, tiring journey; a bit like stopping at the Z shop on a motorway today. Jesus wasn't protective of his rest time. Every minute of his life was available for God to use; he always had time for people. And he wasn't simply available or approachable. He would kick start conversations with complete strangers!
So who did he meet at this well? Someone with all the right connections? Somebody with a big cheque book ready to make a donation to his ministry? No, a no-name, five times divorced woman with a bad reputation and a live-in boyfriend. Did that bother Jesus? No. Jesus didn't see this woman as bad; he saw her as lost. Big difference! Once she was 'found' she was the kind of person who'd be full on for God - gossiping the Gospel on every street corner. This woman was destined to shake up her neighbourhood: 'Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony...' (John 4:39 NIV).
Even if others keep reminding you of your past, Jesus has his eye on your future. Whatever you've done, God's not holding it against you.
So what now? There are two lessons here today: (a) Be ready for God to use you at any minute; (b) Neither you, nor anyone you meet, is beyond the love of God.
Soulfood: 1 Chr 10:1 - 12:22, Mark 3:20-35, Ps 119:33-40, Prov 20:28-30