Today’s reading comes from John 4-6 follow the link provided here to read the ESV online.
What really jumped out at me today was how often individuals are credited with bringing others to Jesus. Yesterday we saw that Andrew brought Peter to Jesus (1:41) and Phillip told Nathaniel about Jesus (1:45). Today we read how the Samaritan woman brought her village to Jesus (4:28-30) and Andrew brought the boy with a lunch to Jesus (6:8-9).
In John 4 I was reminded of how Jesus saw the people of Samaria. The disciples went to town and bought lunch and left, but later the whole town came out to meet Jesus based on the testimony of this woman. I was reminded about how sometimes we can be blind to those who really need Jesus.
I was interested in metaphors that Jesus continues to use for Himself. He is the Living Water, He is the Bread of Life. I see another illustration early in Jesus’ ministry to what we call the Lord’s Supper. We saw Jesus stretch his hand to heal the man at the pool and the nobleman’s son.
I was reminded that some people look to Jesus for the wrong thing (6:26) and that some people can read the word of God and miss Jesus (5:39). I see Jesus reinforcing His message that he came to save.
So here is how I am praying through this passage today:
Lord, I am thankful for the individuals that you used to bring me to you. I pray that you would use me to bring others to you today. I recognize and confess that I don’t have any saving power in myself, you are the one who saves, heals, helps, and the one in whom we should hope. Speak to me through your word, don’t let me be blind to how you are working in the world, but show me so that I might be a part. Help me to see people as you see them and not look past them for just my own needs (like lunch). Today I lift up the hurting, the broken, the ill, those who are estranged from their families, those who are facing crisis and I ask that they would find all that they need in you. Thank you for drawing individuals to faith in you. I thank you for drawing me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
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