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See yourself as God sees you

April 7, 2009

It is about relationship, 

the phrase it’s not who you are, but who you know that matters.

John 4:1-40 NASB
(1) Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John
(2) (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),
(3) He left Judea and went away again into Galilee.
(4) And He had to pass through Samaria.
(5) So He *came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;
(6) and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
(7) There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
(8) For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
(9) Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
(10) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
(11) She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?
(12) “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”
(13) Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;
(14) but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
(15) The woman *said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”
(16) He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”
(17) The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’;
(18) for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
(19) The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
(20) “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
(21) Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
(22) “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
(23) “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
(24) “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(25) The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”
(26) Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
(27) At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”
(28) So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men,
(29) “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”
(30) They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.
(31) Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
(32) But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
(33) So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”
(34) Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
(35) “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
(36) “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
(37) “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
(38) “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”
(39) From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”
(40) So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

Jesus broke with Jewish and local customs by speaking to the woman at the well.  She knew immediately that this was unusual and asked him why he, a jew would be speaking to her or asking her for water.

Jesus saw her for what she was,  a woman with many former husbands,  and offered her living water and spoke to her of worshipping in spirit and truth.  She was immediately changed by how she was seen by God in Jesus Christ.  He spoke the truth to her and yet offered her something that caused her to desire to tell everyone else about Christ.  She became motivated by her conversation with Christ to start a revival.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB
(17) Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 Her old ways were fading, not important,  she was following a purpose laid down for her by Christ,  tell others about the Living eternal Water of God.  She was a new creation, immediately.

Who are you ?  According to Ephesians 1:19-21:  You as a believer are a brother or sister with Christ to God the Father.  God sees you as His child.  That means relationship and love – the love of God that never fails.

Ephesians 1:19-21 NASB
(19) and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
(20) which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
(21) far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

How do you See yourself?  do you doubt, feel week, useless, powerless.  Listen to what sacred scripture tells us about how God works.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB
(9) And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

God sees you as so important that He wants you to know nothing can separate you from His love.

Romans 8:38 NASB
(38) For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
(39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Now ask yourself again and answer based on your relationship with Jesus Christ.


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