Topic: Dismantling Every Wall Of Discrimination
TEXT: John 4:1-8(NKJV)
1. Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
2. (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
3. He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
But He needed to go through Samaria.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from [His] journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
STUDY: In ancient Israel, the Jews ordinarily had no dealing with the Samaritans. Thirsty and wearied from His journey from Judea back to Galilee, Jesus, being a Jew, asked for a drink from a woman of Samaria.
There is something about the way Jesus lived that challenges our sentiments and biases. He shakes our worldview, cultures and traditions. He broke the gender taboo of Jewish men not talking to a woman in public and also the cultural hostility between Jews and Samaritans. Jesus did not allow the prevailing bias of His time to prevent Him from striking a conversation with a woman in need of spiritual restoration.
True Christian living would demand the dismantling of every wall of division – religion, tribe, denomination, class, gender etc. Do not judge people, instead show them love.
We tend to look down on others who are not part of our clique, tribe, gender, denomination, etc. But we must remember Jesus’ advice: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your eye?” No matter how sinful you consider someone else to be, do not write them off. Something good can still flow out of their life. God can use any person, as long as they yield to Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I pray against all forms of discrimination in my life. May Your love prevail in my life. Amen.
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 19th June 2021 Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England