“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.” Revelation 22:17 NLT.
Let us just settle one thing at the very beginning: you do not have to “get good” to “get God”!
It just doesn’t work that way. And we can be so thankful that it doesn’t! We don’t have to work at our salvation. It is a free gift. We have to accept it. We have to Come...
Casting Crowns recorded a beautiful song, “The Well”, and the first verse is the story of so many:
"I have what you need, but you keep on searching I've done all the work, but you keep on working."
There we are, out there looking for the answers, doing all the work that has already been done at Calvary! He has paid the price, it is finished. Come…
Now look at the rest of that verse:
“When you're running on empty And you can't find the remedy Just come to the well.
You’ve looked everywhere, exhausted all of your resources, but still you can’t find the remedy, the cure, the tonic, the right medicine to calm the ache inside. Come…
“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” …The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? …Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” John 4:7-15 NLT.
The woman at the well was the same way. She was a woman with a past…five husbands and the one she was living with was not her husband.
She finds Jesus sitting at the well. At this meeting Jesus breaks three Jewish customs. First, He spoke to a woman, second, she was a Samaritan woman, and third He asks a Samaritan woman to get Him a drink. This would have made Him ceremonially unclean by using her cup or jar. She was so surprised by His request!
She met Jesus unexpectedly. She even came at the wrong time. She purposely came in the heat of the day to avoid the other women and their stares.
But He doesn’t condemn her. He offers her living water and eternal life! Come…
“And all who thirst will thirst no more And all who search will find What their souls long for The world will try but it can never fill So leave it all behind And come to the well”
The woman who was caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus by a crowd who was expecting her to be tried and convicted. But Jesus surprised them all when He said first to the crowd, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then He said to her, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.” John 8:7, 11 KJV.
“So bring me your heart, no matter how broken Just come as you are, when your last prayer is spoken”
The sins of the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery were not ignored or overlooked by Jesus. They were forgiven. Forgiveness is waiting for us when we are ready to confess and forsake our old life and walk in newness of life with Christ. We cannot clean up our lives without the help of Almighty God. We must turn from our sin but we cannot do that on our own, we need His help, we need salvation.
Do not keep saying to yourself, “Once I get everything fixed in my life I will come to the Lord.” It will never happen! That is a trick of the enemy. He loves to deceive people in that manner!
Remember, you cannot get good to get God!
“Just rest in my arms a while You'll feel a change, my child When you come to the well”
What a relief and a weight will be lifted from your shoulders! The woman at the well couldn’t wait to share the news! “The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?’ So the people came streaming from the village to see him.” John 4:28-30 NLT.
The lyrics at the end of the Casting Crowns song are so good. This list of “things” that you can be rid of for the rest of your life when you “Come…”
Your pursuit of perfection (leave it all behind) Your fear of rejection (leave it all behind) Your temporary pleasures (leave it all behind) All your earthly treasures (leave it all behind) Dried up empty religion (leave it all behind) Rusty chains of addiction (leave it all behind) All the guilt that weighs you down (leave it all behind) Just leave it all behind and come to the well
What are you waiting for?
Just Come…to The Well
About the Author: Nannette Elkins has served in various ministry positions over the last 25 years, most recently as a pastor’s wife and missionary to Eastern Europe, serving in the countries of Estonia and Latvia. An aspiring writer, speaker, teacher and editor, she was kicked out of her comfort zone by the Lord and enjoys encouraging others through her blog, www.hopeinthehealing.com She has been attached to The Sweetheart, Douglas, for 34 years and is happiest when the joys of her life, Kyle, Rachel, Kristopher and Korey Ross, are all gathered around her table making her laugh.
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