Leave Your Waterpot

Once Jesus had ministered to the Samaritan woman at Joseph’s well and showed He was the Messiah, she “left her waterpot” and went to tell her village about Him.

Now, God has a reason for including every word in the Bible, so why mention that the Samaritan woman “left her waterpot”? Did we really need to know that fact?

Think, though. The one reason she had gone to the well was to fill that waterpot. That was her errand: fill the waterpot. Bring it home. Simple.

Yet when she found Jesus sitting at the well, He gave her something better: “living water.”

He said, “Everyone who drinks of this (well) water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” — John 4:13-14

Once the woman spoke with Jesus and had drunk of that water, the errand became unimportant. The mundane task had turned into the miracle of salvation.

Her crucial utensil, the waterpot, dulled in importance. She ran off to share the message with her friends and neighbors.

So, when you get up in the morning, be prepared for something special and unexpected; and if and when that unexpected comes about, do not hesitate to share it — not just with those you love, but everyone.

Think of it. Jews were not supposed to even speak with Samaritans. And yet, “Jesus, being wearied from the journey, was sitting thus buy the well…” (John 4:6) shred the Good News with the woman.

Though on a trip with a destination in mind, though weary and thirsty, Jesus did not hesitate to minister. 

Even when you’re tired and sitting and thirsty and on a journey, be alert to the people around you and the possibility of ministry. The encounter at the well led to salvation for an entire Samaritan village.

He turned a mundane respite into a miracle. You can do the same.


Author: markalanleslie

Beginning with my first book, "Midnight Rider for the Morning Star," based on the life and times of Francis Asbury, America's first circuit-riding preacher, I have written three historical Christian novels with another one the way in late 2021, four contemporary geopolitical adventures, an end-times thriller, a devotional, a self-help book for people who have lost their jobs, and two books filled with the best of my interviews with numerous icons of the golf world. I have spoken at Maine's State House, conferences, numerous churches, schools and camp meetings as well as national golf conferences from Florida to California. Having won six national writing awards, I am most proud of my novels: Midnight Rider for the Morning Star (2007) True North: Tice's Story (2013) Chasing the Music (2016) The Crossing (2017) The Three Sixes (2017) The Last Aliyah (2018) Jeremiah's Jar (2018) Torn Asunder (2020) A Cause Most Splendid (2021) My e-books include: Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design's the Thing! Putting a Little Spin on It: The Grooming's the Thing! Fired? Get Fired Up! Walks with God Join me on my web site: www.markalanleslie.com

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