Sunday, May 13th, '18
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woman then left her water pot..." (John 4:28)
Jesus was such an attraction that when people
met Him they dropped what they were doing, dropped what was in their hands,
dropped everything to follow Him. It was impossible to do both. His magnetism
was so strong that it summoned all faculties. Earthly grips were weakened and
cancelled out. Peter, Andrew, James and John let their fishing nets drop. "They
immediately left their nets and followed him" (Matthew 4:20). That would include
net worth, net gain, net income and all other nets. There have been
million-dollar athletes that have dropped basketball nets for Jesus as well.
Hands have to be free to receive heavenly gifts.
The Samaritan woman let her water pot drop. She
had returned empty to Jacob's well day after day after day. Married five times
and living with the sixth she knew how momentary and unsatisfying earthly
thrills were. Her bucket was a metaphor for her life. She would leave full but
return empty. Drugs, booze, pleasure, money, sex, they all are like her water
pot. What didn't spill either evaporated or went down the sink drain. Hebrews
says the pleasure of sin is at best "for a season". But Jesus offered her
"living water" that would be in her "a well springing up into everlasting life"
(John 4:14). She came with a bucket but left with the whole well. With new
energy, excitement and a new lease on life she let her water pot drop and ran
to town proclaiming, "Come see a man that told me all things that I ever did".
If you want the well you have to let the water pot drop.
Another character, Bartimaeus, let his beggar's
garment drop. He didn't need that identity any longer. "And throwing aside his
garment, he rose and came to Jesus" (Mark 10:50). Elisha did the same when he
took his clothes "and tore them into two pieces" (2 Kings 2:12) in preparation
to receive Elijah's mantle of power. To receive the new we must discard the
old. We can't gain the new life while clutching the old life. Let it drop.
The disciples had to drop old methods.
Before they caught fish, now they would catch men. Saying bye-bye to Papa
Zebedee to launch out into a new career was no small task but they did it
because of the divine magnet. The Samaritan had to drop old habits and living patterns.
She had trekked the trail to the well in Sychar same time, same route, same
routine, for probably years. It is difficult to let a routine drop. She let go
of her water pot. Try letting go of your coffee pot. That will prove the
dominance of daily routine. And Bartimaeus had to drop an old mentality. When
circumstance, perceived reality, the cynics and skeptics and even your own self
sees you as a blind beggar, you become a blind beggar. Bartimaeus couldn't do
anything about the blind part but he could do something about the beggar part.
Jesus was near. His ticket to freedom was within an earshot. So he cried,
"Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!" then threw his stinky beggar's garment
aside and ran to the Object of his faith. The prejudices you hold on to, the
fears, the security blankets, nets, water pots and acquired mindsets must be
dropped. Pry your fingers loose if you must. The well can't be embraced with
the water pot still in your hand.