John 4:28-29- “The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and Smith to the men, ‘Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever i did: is not this the Christ?'”
Today, I had a lot planned for my evening. But as I was cooking dinner, I got a call from my assistant pastor asking me to accompany her to visit a dear sister in the Lord. Well, I thought a quick visit wouldn’t throw me off too much and I said yes. But it ended up being a much longer visit. In the end, I was more concerned about my sister in the Lord, than my busy schedule and just went with the flow of what God was doing. As I got in my car, the Spirit of God said to my spirit, “sometimes you have to leave the water pot!” I knew exactly what He was saying. And I knew I wanted to share it!
In this testimony of the Samaritan woman at the well, she had an encounter with Jesus! Jesus began the conversation by asking for water. Now if you are familiar with this encounter, then you know what happened. But that’s not my point. Yet!
I want to focus on this woman for a minute. She has come to the well to get her water for the day. If we understand biblical times, the women gathered at the well to get their water. But not this woman. She came when she thought it most likely that no one would be there. Not because she was shy, but because she was not a woman loved in the community, but one of a bad reputation.
Jesus reveals her life to her and to us when He mentions her husbands. And the fact that she was living with a man at that time, made it even less likely that the “good women” of Samaria would want to be bothered with her. But she needed that water!
Water was precious then, and going to the well to get it was her responsibility. I am pretty sure she needed water to drink, water to cook, to wash her body, to clean her clothes, and every thing else that she needed to do. And even though she didn’t have a husband, she did have a man she was living with, and he needed water too. So here she is at the well coming to take care of something that was an important part of her day-getting the water.
But after her encounter with Jesus, she got so excited that she knew she had to let the townspeople know. She got so excited she left the water pot because what she needed to do in town became more important than getting water. So when the Holy Spirit spoke this to my spirit, I knew He was reminding me that what I did was more important than what I had to do!! Wow! I needed that reminder today!
How about you? Do you need a reminder to leave the water pot in your life? What has you so busy and so consumed that you haven’t taken or haven’t felt like you could take the time to be a blessing to someone for the King? Is it your job? Is it your family? Or maybe your project, your school? Whatever it is, Jesus understands the importance of what you have to do, just as with this woman. But He stopped her in the middle of her responsibility and asked her to offer that water over to Him. In return, He promised her living water. She was so excited to meet the Messiah and have Him speak into her life, that her natural need took a backseat to her spiritual need!
I encourage you today to allow the spiritual things in life to overtake the natural things in life when He asks it of you. You will never regret it! The Samaritan woman left the pot but saw her entire city come to the Messiah! I left my water pot and heard the Lord in essence say, “Well done!” Just imagine what leaving your waterpot behind today could do for you! Wonderful Jesus!