What are you thirsty for? What’s the habit or person or behavior you’ve returned to repeatedly—always dipping your bucket and yet coming up dry? And what difference should it make that Jesus has offered you his living water?
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On Season One of Live Like It’s True, we’re discussing the True Stories of Jesus. On episode two, I’m so honored to have as my guest Mary DeMuth, to talk about the True Story at the Well.
Guest: Mary DeMuth
Bible Passage: John 4:1-30 NLT, The Samaritan Woman at the Well
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Mary DeMuth is an international speaker, literary agent, podcaster, and the author of over forty books, including The Day I Met Jesus.
Mary loves to help people re-story their lives. She lives in Texas with her husband of 30 years and is the mom to three adult children. Be prayed for on her daily prayer podcast with 2 million downloads: Pray Everyday podcast.
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The Woman at the Well
The true story of the Woman at the Well is found in John 4:1-30 of your Bible. (Please note that in the broadcast, Mary is using the NLT and I thought I was using the NLT, but actually I was reading from the ESV. Sorry about that confusion!)
It’s the true story of a Samaritan woman who had the longest recorded theological conversation with Jesus in the Bible. I hope you’ll be amazed by the approachableness of Jesus and his thirst-quenching water, and then I hope you’ll live like the story is true.
Share the Story
Do you ever struggle with sharing the story of God, and his gospel message with other people? Do you feel like you’re not sophisticated enough, or maybe that your life isn’t cleaned up enough to be able to tell others about God? If that’s the case, I invite you to take a look at this woman at the well, whom we’re about to see become one of the first missionaries. She is a non-Jewish woman who gets a glimpse at God’s storyline and immediately starts telling other people the good news.
As Jesus walks toward Jacob’s well in Samaria, his identity is largely hidden. The majority of the people don’t realize that he is the Messiah. He is God, who has become flesh. And even more people have no idea that he has come, not just for the Jewish people, but for all people. It’s a mystery, Paul calls it, which has not yet been revealed. (Eph. 3:6)
And yet, it’s being disclosed, here at this well. The secret is being shared. The mystery is being whispered. The truth is being told. The treasure of the gospel is being spread out before the eyes of—not a theologian who has studied the scrolls and lived a pure and honorable life. No, the identity of Jesus, and the mystery of the gospel is being shared with a thirsty woman from Samaria.
I was recently in an audience, where a theologian was giving an address that made the Gospel seem very complicated and sophisticated and inaccessible to simple people. As I drove home, I didn’t feel a new sense of wonder and awe at the gospel—but rather a new doubt and confusion. Who did I think I was, teaching the Bible to women? How in the world could I possibly understand? Only people with PhDs and brilliant minds could unlock the ancient text of the Bible and be skilled enough to share it with others. For a moment, I felt scared and even ashamed.
And then I remembered the woman at the well. She wasn’t a sophisticated woman. She didn’t have a PhD. She wasn’t someone you’d think of as an obvious choice for the Messiah to reveal his identity to. She wasn’t the first one you’d think of as a missionary candidate. But to God, she was the perfect choice! Why? Because she was thirsty.
If you feel inadequate or ill equipped, as one of God’s storytellers, remember the woman at the well. She had a theological conversation with Jesus that was longer than any other conversation recorded in the Bible. And after just that one conversation, she went and began telling her story, which was now part of the story of God. Will you do the same?
Live the Story
Here are some ways to live like this story from John 4 is true.
- When Jesus said, “Go get your husband,” it was because he wanted to have a forthright conversation with the woman at the well about her sin and her thirst. I shouldn’t try to hide something from Jesus, because he already knows. What do I need to have an honest conversation with him about?
- The woman went to the well at noon to avoid contact with others. But then she ran back to the village, exclaiming, “Come meet the man who told me everything I ever did!” See that exclamation point at the end of John 4:29 NLT? She was excited, not ashamed, so he must have conveyed these things without shaming her. What am I ashamed of? How would I live differently if I truly believed Jesus knows about my sin, yet still wants to have a conversation with me, and offer me eternal life?
- Jesus revealed to the woman that He was the Messiah and it changed everything for her. How have I responded to the Messiah? Have I bent my knee, and lived like it’s true that He is the Anointed One of God?
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