Monday, August 10, 2015

Leave Your Waterpots

“The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,” John 4:28

We read this recently in our study of the book of John. I was quite struck with the actions of this Samaritan woman. When she encountered Jesus, she was so excited that she left her waterpot and went to tell others.

For this woman, her waterpot was a very important part of her life. Imagine having to go and get water from the well so that you can have something to drink. Without her waterpot, she was not going to have any water in her house. And yet, she left this very important item because she deemed the knowledge of Jesus more important.

When was the last time you were this excited about Jesus? It seems that we have many “waterpots” in our lives. Things that we consider to very important to us. I don’t want to try to enumerate them, because they are different for every person. How often do we leave our “waterpots” to spend time with our Lord. How willing are we to leave something we consider important in order to make it to Bible study, or prayer meeting?

So many churches today do not even have a mid week service any more, because no one comes. Even those that do all say the same thing. Only a small percentage of the normal Sunday morning crowd shows up. Could it be that we have become too attached to our “waterpots.”

Some churches try to bring the “waterpots” in so people don’t have to leave them. They have “Super Bowl Parties” at the church so people don’t have to leave their “waterpot.”

Paul says in Philippians 3:7–8, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Paul certainly was leaving his “waterpots” behind to be closer to his Lord.

In Ephesians 1:17, Paul prays for the saints, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:” If we are to know our Lord in the way the Paul prays for, we will have to leave our “waterpots” and seek Him.

God is not seeking “robots” who are forced to seek Him or do His will, He is seeking those that willingly leave their “waterpots” to seek Him and do His will. I pray that God will give you an excitement about knowing Jesus more and more.

Gordon Crook