Main Truth: “All at once, the woman dropped her water jar and ran off to her village and told everyone,” John 4:28 TPT
If you are feeling insecure, anxious, overwhelmed or bogged down, I HIGHLY recommend reading John 4, about Jesus and the Samaritan woman and apply them to yourself as if you are her in the story…
I can testify from first hand experience that this passage was like drinking a refreshing glass of living water for the soul!
When you read this passage, I invite you to notice these things…
💁♀️Jesus HAD to got through Samaria. Samaria was no man’s land for Jews at the time. He crossed cultural and gender barriers to see her. His mission WAS her.
👉You are His mission
💁♀️The woman came to the well with literal buckets to fill with water. Metaphorically she came with baggage of insecurity - her past, labels of what she’d probably been called, an identity full of shame and regret. She was loaded down mentally and spiritually that showed physically.
👉What buckets of baggage do you hold onto?
💁♀️Jesus started a conversation by having her offer what she could give (water from the well).
👉You can offer what you have, you don’t have to worry about what you don’t have to offer.
💁♀️Jesus related to her where she could understand...He talked about water as a physical need and then applied it to what it means to have living water at a spiritual need.
👉He will do the same...He will meet you where you understand.
💁♀️Jesus went straight to the heart of her struggles. She tried to deflect and avoid THAT conversation.
👉Yeah, He’ll do the same with you too. Hard Truth is sometimes the best medicine.
💁♀️Jesus didn’t condemn her, didn’t shame her, instead shifted her focus onto Him...He told her He was the Messiah. Her eyes opened and she became a new lady!
👉He offers the same transformation formula to you! Him + Your Baggage = A new person, if you’re willing!
The BEST part of this whole story?! She LEFT her buckets and RAN back to the very people she had been avoiding and told them about what Jesus did. Before Jesus, a woman came fully loaded with insecurity, loaded down by emotional, physical and spiritual baggage. After Jesus, she dropped and LEFT all that stuff behind! Our emotional, spiritual and physical mindset weighs heavy on our identity, our self worth and value. Like the Samaritan woman, we can come identified as broken. And like the Samaritan woman, we can go back fully restored in Jesus.
Lastly, Satan will try to hold you down with your stuff, Jesus uses that very stuff to set you free! PLUS a ton more people believed Him BECAUSE of her testimony. When you share your story of leaving your “buckets” behind, other people benefit from it!
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Post Written by Sam DeLeon
Sam has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Sam's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Sam is a California native, is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three school aged children.