John 4:4-26Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 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.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
There are many people that think they are not "ready" or are not "good enough" to come to God and have a relationship with Him. So many think that they have to clean up before they come to church. Have you ever heard someone say that? "I'll go to church when I get myself right." The fact is that you can't "clean up" or "get right" before coming to God; you come to God to get "cleaned up". We cannot change other people, we can't even change ourselves; only God can change a person. We think we have to be perfect. We are not perfect people.
There are so many misconceptions about God. People that do not know Him think they cannot approach Him. This is a big misunderstanding. The only pre-requisite to know God is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. All you have to do is invite Jesus into your heart and you can know God. We get so caught up in what is right and what is wrong, how we should act, how we should carry ourselves, what we say that we lose sight of what the real goal is....Salvation! God doesn't judge us so much for what we do but He examines our hearts. He knows what our true motivations are, not matter how well we hide them from people around us.
There is no need to think that you are not good enough to come to God and have a relationship with Him. It doesn't matter what your life is like, He will fix it and turn things around. If you don't think you are good enough, let me give you some examples from the Bible of people that were key to the foundation of Christianity.
Take Moses for example. He lead Jerusalem through the wilderness for forty years. He had several one on one conversations with God. He went up on Mount Sinai and brought down the Ten Commandments, twice. He parted the Red Sea with his staff. He was and is one of the most important people in the Bible story. Did you know he was a murderer? That's right, he killed a man before he became the first advocate between man and God on Earth. I'm not saying it is okay to kill but what I am trying to tell you is if God can use someone like that, someone that could not speak well and was not a people person, don't you think you are good enough for Him also?
Another example is Noah. Noah built the Ark that housed animals and man during the time of The Great Flood. Without Noah, Earth either would not exist at all, or it definitely would not be the Earth that we know today. Yet, after saving mankind, Noah was found drunk and naked! Oh yeah, he made mistakes too. We all do!
One last example is King David. God really moved in his life. He was just a poor, ole country, sheep herder and God turned him into a great king. David became king of all of Jerusalem. He was great among his people and feared by kings of foreign land. He had fought and won many battles. He had a man placed on the front lines of the battle field so he would be killed. Once David knew he had died, he brought the man's wife, who he had already had an affair with and got her pregnant, and he took her as his wife. This man wrote the book of Psalms!
I am not citing these examples to bring doubt or shame to these great men. Without them, the world would not be the same. In fact, biologically, without David, there may have been no Christ, no Savior. It was through a descendant of David, Joseph, that Jesus was raised from a boy. I am sharing these facts to shed light on the fact that we all make mistakes. We all fall short of the glory of God. None of us are perfect. Once we decide to give our lives to Jesus, God takes what we have made a mess of, the imperfection we have created, and He perfects it and uses that perfection to bring himself glory. I can't change you, not even you can change you, God almighty can change you instantaneously if you will only give your life to His son, Jesus Christ. God knows everything that you are and He knows everything that you can be. Only God can circumcise the heart and bring about real change. Only God can clean you up and make you a new creature. You are not your own, you are a child of God. Run to Him today with open arms and you will won't feel the need for cleaning up anymore. I hope you'll consider it, He is waiting. God bless!!!