Read it! John 4
“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could he be the Messiah?”
Think it through
John tells us that the woman at the well was there at noon. No one else was getting water when the day was at its hottest. John might as well have said, “This woman was a social outcast, shunned by her town.” And we find out in verse 18 that Jesus knew exactly why. He knew everything she ever did.
He knows everything we ever did as well. He has the inside scoop, a more intimate perspective on our hearts than anyone we know—even ourselves.
When we don’t know him, this is scary. No wonder so many people are afraid to believe in God. But when we love him, the fact that he knows everything we ever did is comforting. It’s freeing!
He could tell me everything I ever did, and He loves me anyway.
He knows the worst things I’ve done, and he took those things on himself at Calvary. He’s forgiven me, so those things no longer hold the power of guilt or embarrassment over me.
Or any of us.
Live it like you mean it
Is there a past sin that you’re holding onto, anything that makes you feel guilt or shame when you’re thinking of it? Have you surrender that to the Lord who sees that bad choice living in your heart and loves you anyway?
Recently I thought of a mistake I made, a sin I committed in high school, and my cheeks burned red. I hadn’t thought about it in years, but it was obviously still there, casting a shadow on my heart. I don’t remember ever actually asking for specific forgiveness for that choice, but I know I need to. I need to give that to Jesus—he will take it so I can let it go.
My challenge for you this week is the same: think of one sin that still brings a red stain to your cheeks and leaves its mark on your heart, then repent and surrender it to the God who sees you.
Talk about clearing out your spiritual clutter.
Lift it up
Jesus, You have the ultimate perspective on my heart. You see all of me, every good intention and every selfish one. You see the whole truth when I admit to only part. You see my actions when I’m alone, You hear the words I speak inside. And You love me anyway. Thank You for seeing and understanding me completely. Every day, may I be more worthy of Your sacrifice. Amen.
Tell Me About It
Do you think this is easier said than done? And if so, any tips about really doing it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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