Our Passion and His Plan
WRITTEN BY: RACHEL STONE
Name something you’ve recently been so enthused about that you wanted to tell your family, friends, or maybe even strangers about it. Why were you excited and why did you want others to hear about it?
Now name some things that delight your heart. Think about why these bring delight to you.
This week we are looking at our passions, experiences, and gifts. Each is a part of God’s design to be used for God’s purposes. How has God been working in and through these in your life?
Let’s consider a familiar story from John 4 about the woman at the well. Jesus, tired from a long journey, rested by the well. A Samaritan woman came to draw water and Jesus asked her for a drink. She is puzzled by his request, yet Jesus not only reveals what he knows about her and her life, but also offers her living water. You’ll want to read John 4:1-42 for the complete story, but we are going to pick it up at verse 28 and then verses 39-42.
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him …39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
What was the woman’s response to her encounter with Jesus? (John 4:28-29). And what resulted from her response? (John 4:39-42).
Think about who you are and what God knows about you. What does it mean to know that God also offers you this “living water”? What is your response? In what ways have you, and will you, or is God asking you to share your encounter with his grace and love? How has God uniquely equipped you for this role?
God, you are love. You created each one of us and you know every detail of our lives. You created us to reflect your image. You equip each one of us to work in your kingdom. You go with each one of us so that we are not alone. Forgive us when we think we are not useful to you or that you only use other people to tell of your love. Open our hearts and minds to your work in our lives and make it the desire and delight of our hearts to go and invite others to come and see you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
John 4:1-42: 9:25; 14:16-17, 26
1 Peter 2:9; 3:15
Psalm 1:1-3; 107:1-2; 111:1-3; 119:16, 24, 35, 47
Acts 4:18-20; 8:4
2 Timothy 4:17-18
1 John 4:15-16