Posted by: Cheryl Torres | September 8, 2008

Who is your Samaritan?

This morning during our staff worship, we read the first part of John 4, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.

We all realize that the Jews regarded the Samaritans as mulch, but it’s hard for us to relate to that feeling about Samaritans. But, each culture has a similar antagonism to at least one other culture or group of people. Who is it for you?

Whom would you feel uncomfortable inviting into your home for lunch? Who, by just walking through your door, could cause your neighbors to question your motives or your judgment? Whom would you feel uncomfortable speaking to, especially when there are lots of people around?

The next time you see someone whom you wouldn’t invite home, remember that Jesus wants that person in His home. He doesn’t want you to see him or her as a Samaritan, but as His child.

John 4:35 – Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

Jesus gave this message to the disciples just as the Samaritan woman returned with everyone who would join her to meet the Messiah. God valued a Samaritan, a woman who had made some bad decisions. He made the effort to meet her where she was and pull her up to Him. And she became one of the first missionaries!

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