High school and college were times that I faced some of my toughest temptations, and for the most part, I failed and gave in. Let’s be completely honest for a second, sin is fun. Yup, I said it. If it wasn’t fun, we wouldn’t have such a hard time not doing it. The devil knows this, and uses it to keep us sinning. It is interesting that we know that sin is bad, but you feel this temporary happiness when doing it. We go through this vicious cycle of sinning. The devil tempts us, we contemplate it, we do it, it’s fun and sometimes we look “cool,” then we feel this overwhelming amount of guilt. Let me tell you this y’all; sin separates us from Christ, and the devil uses sin to draw us further away from Him. Some of you may be going through this period of time now, and others may have already gone through this or are about to go through this. No matter where you are in your life or what you are doing, God will meet you there.
This week I talked to a sweet high school girl that felt certain temptations in her life were pulling her away from Christ. This guilt and pain made her feel unworthy and not good enough. I know this feeling. Many of us do. I remember being young and thinking that I had to fix my life before I got close to Christ again. I felt like I had to “be a better person,” and then I can start praying and reading my bible. I felt like if I sinned that God wouldn’t listen to my prayers. WRONG. And guess what? I still feel that way sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I am not good enough to share Christ with you all because of my past or the mistakes I make now, but God uses us sinners to further His kingdom. The devil tries to use this against us so he can pull us away from God, but God will meet you where you are.
One of my favorite stories in the bible is in John 4, and it is the story about the Samaritan woman at the well. In case you don’t know what story I am talking about, let me explain. Jesus was on his way back to Galilee from Judea. On his way, he and his disciples stopped at a village in Samaria called Sychar. Jesus was tired and thirsty so he sat near a water well, while his disciples went to get food. A woman came up to the well to get some water, and Jesus said to her, “Please get me some water.” During this time, Jesus broke three Jewish customs.
- He spoke to a woman
- She was a Samaritan woman (Jews typically despised and had nothing to do with Samaritans, especially women)
- He asked the woman to get him water, which would be considered “unclean” from using her cup.
The woman was shocked (rightfully so), so she replied, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus offered her living water (eternal life) so that she would never “thirst” again. He also told her something that very few knew. That she had five husbands and the man she was living with wasn’t even her husband. Shocked, she asked if he was a prophet and Jesus told her that He was the Messiah. During this time the disciples came back and were shocked at what they saw Jesus doing. The woman realized who she was talking to, so she dropped her water, left it at the well, and told the rest of her village that Jesus was there. The village begged Jesus to stay so he stayed 2 extra days, and many heard about Christ.
Another interesting part of this story, is that the bible says it was “noontime” when she went to get the water. Typically, the women would go and get water in the morning or evening time when it was cooler outside. But because she was shunned by the other women in her village because of her immorality, she went by herself at a time no other woman would go. Jesus knew this, but He still pursued her, and He still loved her no matter what she had done, or what she was doing, or what she was going to do.
Jesus pursued a sinner. He broke normal customs to pursue a sinner. He still loved a sinner.
The Samaritan woman did not fix her life before Jesus came to her, but he still came to her. God pursues us daily and wherever you are in life, but it is our job to recognize that it is Christ and accept the water (eternal life) that Christ is giving you. The reason I love this story is because I am the Samaritan woman. I am ashamed of the things I have done and continue to do, but God pursues me. I don’t have to “get right with God” or “be a better person,” before I pray or read my bible or build a relationship with Christ. He meets me where I am.
Don’t let the devil trick you into thinking you must fix your life before God will love you.
No matter how low you have gotten. No matter what you have done, or what you are going to do, God loves you where you are at. Just look at Paul. He murdered Christians, and Jesus met him on his way to Damascus (to kill Christians) and blinded him with a bright light. From then on, Paul changed his life and for the rest of it, he told people about Jesus. God used some of the worst sinners, and used them to further His kingdom. What is stopping him from using you and I? God will meet you where you are if you let him, just like He did with the Samaritan woman, Paul and many others in the bible. So stop where you are and what you’re doing, asked God to forgive you, and let the Lord meet you where you are.
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