"If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." - John 4:10All we have to do is ask. That is it. And according to the parable of the Prodigal Son, we don't really even have to ask. We just need to make the move in the right direction.
If we knew the gift of God ... ahhh, that is the rub. IF we knew the gift of God, we would ask and we would make the move to repentance. We really would. The trouble is, we think God would never forgive us.
We think God would never forgive others either.
He would never forgive Hitler, or those who carried out Hitler's orders.
He would never forgive child molesters, or those who covered up the crime.
He would never forgive abortionists, or those who decide to have an abortion.
He would never forgive thieves, or liars or adulterers.
And He would never forgive me.
We think we know better than God and that our sin is bigger than God Himself. And others' sins are even worse!
But then we get this thirst we cannot explain. We get this pull to go to the well. We go even though we are so scared.
We go even though we are so needy.
We go because we are so thirsty.
And when we drink of this living water, we run to tell others. We run to tell others about this Jesus who has a bottomless well of love and mercy.
This living water that quenches all thirst.
Jesus, we ask you now. We ask you for this living water.
So, like the Samaritan woman, we can go tell others. We can tell everyone.
We can tell others to come to the well.
Come to the water.
And drink of God's mercy. Amen.
from Pondering the Word Year A (edited)