Who are the people you don’t want to associate with? Those who seem to reject healthy values and show little respect for themselves or for others? Those who are generally negative? Or those who don’t seem interested in learning from their mistakes, but only deteriorate as they go through life?
Jesus talked to a woman who was considered the lowest-of-the-low in her culture. She even said so (John 4). Surely the Creator could have satisfied his own thirst, but instead he asked a woman he shouldn’t be talking to for a drink of water, apparently so he could satisfy hers.
I’m sure his request rattled her. Her reply sounds like “What’s wrong with you? You’re talking to me?”
“… How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9 NIV).
“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water’ ” (verse 10).
He didn’t just offer this questionable woman answers or forgiveness or healing: he offered her life. And what an interesting way to offer it. “If you knew… you would have asked…” It’s clear he was open to giving her better understanding.
” ‘… but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (verses 14-15).
Her response and mine, in my own words? “I’ll take some of that!”
by Kathy Sheldon Davis