Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 26, 2011
“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).” John 4:7-9
Christ connects us with people for His unique purposes. It could be an occasion to meet someone for the very first time; it may be a causal acquaintance or a familiar friend. Regardless of the relational connection it is important to ask the Lord how to bless the one in our presence and be open to receive a blessing from them.
Our calendar of appointments can become a prayer list for us to ask for wisdom from God, as we seek to serve others over a meal, coffee/tea or in a meeting. It’s uncanny how we can be in a needy situation and our Savior sends someone that becomes His hands and feet of faith and hope. They provide a kind and encouraging word or an insight that gives us courage and direction to do the right thing. Thank God for His inspiring ambassadors.
“Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him” (John 11:45).
When you collaborate with a co-worker do you see them through the eyes of Christ? If so, you might perceive from their past a frightened five year old whose parents divorced, or now, an insecure adult whose identity is tied to what they do, instead of who they are. It’s in face-to-face encounters that your faith is able to express itself with compassion. Hurting, hard hearts desire Jesus—when they know they have been cared for like Jesus.
Therefore, watch for God to orchestrate opportunities for you to introduce His love. Anyone you encounter throughout the day is a candidate for your intentional interest. Your neighbor, hairstylist, cashier, server, vendor and mechanic need your smile. People are not a vending machine waiting for a transaction to be taken; rather they are created in the image of God waiting for someone to show them His grace and truth.
Someone may be startled even suspect of your interest in their life—prepare for this, but do not allow another’s hesitant heart to keep you from extending genuine comfort. You never know how the seed of a kind word, a listening ear, a practical idea or an encouraging prayer will germinate and grow in one seeking soul. Divine appointments are much bigger than your agenda—so, see daily encounters through the lens of eternity.
“I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete” (2 John 1:12b).
How can I each day, prayerfully discern the divine appointments God sends my way?
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