The Water Jug

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

This post was inspired by a sermon I heard a couple weeks ago by a man named Walter in Manos Extendidas church.

The Bible talks about the Samaritan woman. She was a well- known woman with a reputation. She was an outcast. Everyone knew her as an immoral woman. They knew she was living with a man that she was not married to. They knew that she had had five husbands before. She was not well esteemed or well liked. I imagine she would have been desperately lonely.

This woman went to the well at the hottest time of the day instead of during the evening as was the norm back then.  A time when she knew no one else would be there. Going to the well was likely something the ladies would do together. There would have been a lot of socializing at wells. But this woman went alone. Perhaps she wished to avoid the stares, the snide comments and the gossip.  Maybe she wanted to avoid being shunned.  Little did she know how her life was about to change.

It was at the well, where she met a Jewish man…Jesus. He was a man who ignored the social rules of the times and talked to her.  Jews were not supposed to talk to Samaritans. It was considered improper. They were supposed to hate each other.  However, this man Jesus spoke kindly to her. He knew all about her past. He knew everything about her, all the wrong and sinful things she had done and yet, he was not repulsed. He accepted her. He offered her living water.  Freedom. Forgiveness. Redemption.

John 4:13:14 Jesus replied , “ Anyone who drinks of this water will soon be thirsty again. But those who drink of the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them giving them eternal life.”

John 4:15 “Please Sir,” The woman said, “Give me this water! Then I will never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

They conversed back and forth a little and the woman left, leaving her water jug behind at the well with Jesus. She was not the same woman who came to the well that day… a woman rejected and cast aside by society. She had been changed and she wanted to tell everyone all about it.

John 4:28. 29 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

I can almost hear the excitement in her voice. She had found freedom. Living water.

In leaving her water jug, she put her past behind her.   She abandoned her brokenness, her shame and left it at the well, with Jesus.

She didn’t allow her past to get in the way or stop her from going and telling others. Everyone knew the kind of woman she had been, and yet with their own eyes they saw the change. Because of her testimony…they too came to Jesus and believed.

What is your water jug? What is in your way of sharing your faith with those around you? Is there something you feel in your heart that God is calling you to do?

If God can use the Samaritan woman, He can use me and he can use you.  We need to leave behind our shame, our mistakes and our past and not let them be an obstacle. We need to abandon our water jugs, leave them with Him, and go.