Jesus’ Desire for The Undesirables

February 28, 2022

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give me a drink,” Jesus said to her, because his disciples had gone into town to buy food. “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked him. “For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.”

John 4:7-9

Written by Meredith Moss from the Brentwood Campus

We Know The Feeling

Alone, abandoned, rejected, isolated, excluded, outcast, ridiculed, despised, angry, bitter—these are painful, wounding words and feelings, which can sadly throw up barriers faster than anything. They create distance. They create division. But this division is nothing compared to Jesus’ desire for the undesirables.

If you haven’t experienced any of these feelings personally, you likely know someone who has. The enemy would love nothing more than to increase the distance between us and Jesus by telling us whatever lies he can get us to believe about ourselves, others, and the Lord. But praise God! We have His living Word to tell us the truth and disarm the enemy!

Yet He Pursues

As we will see in the passage we are reading today, no one is excluded from Jesus’ pursuit. Samaritans were despised and outcast by the Jews, so much so that Jews would travel days out of the way to avoid traveling through any part of Samaria.

If anyone knew what it felt like to be despised, rejected and outcast, it was this Samaritan woman on her way to the well.

So Much for Our Plans

But there was Jesus. He didn’t pull away or turn around. He engaged her. Whether you’ve read this story thousands of times or this is your first, you quickly realize the surprise of this woman when He asks her for a drink of water.

Not only was someone talking to her, she knew it was atypical for a Jew to interact with a Samaritan, even more for a man to be talking to a woman. And not to mention, she had intentionally gone at the hottest part of the day to avoid other people! So much for this woman’s plans to go unnoticed and alone.

The Good He Has in Store

The Lord had something more life-changing in store! Without going into the rest of the story, we witness pursuit. Jesus knew what He was doing. He planned His day around it—walking and waiting for this specific encounter. He initiated the conversation and waited for her to respond.

This woman could have been bitter and angry and held hostility toward the Lord, but He pursued her. And just like this woman at the well, He pursues you and me every day.

Now What?

Reflecting on this passage and your own life, have you ever felt like there were reasons or barriers that would keep Jesus from pursuing you? Repent of those thoughts today and know He loves you and desires you, every moment of every day, no matter what. Ask yourself: Am I pursuing Jesus the way He pursues me? If not, pray and ask the Lord for the desires of His heart, that you would pursue a lifelong relationship with Him.

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