Christ's Passionate Journey: Fulfilling God's Will in Samaria

John 4:4
And he must needs go through Samaria.

When the Divine call of God is upon your life, it creates a hunger and a thirst which can be satisfied only by the fulfillment of that call. Here, Christ needed to go to Samaria because of the outbreak of revival which was awaiting him. God the Father knew that many would believe as a result of the salvation of the woman at the well. Therefore, He sent Jesus to Samaria to ensure that this revival would occur. We do not often think of God as a being with needs, do we? We certainly know that He truly doesn’t “need” anything, because He is God! However, may I suggest that this need He has to save sinners speaks not of dependency, but of passion? The truth is, Christ is passionate about you and me. He is passionate about saving the lost. That is why He came and did what He did on the cross and in the resurrection. He was driven by His holy passion to love and save sinners. That’s why in our text, when Jesus was offered meat to eat by his disciples, He turned them down, saying “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” Of course, we learn that Jesus was speaking of doing the will of His Father. This shows us that even though Jesus was wearied with His journey, and even though He should have been physically as hungry as His disciples, yet His spiritual appetite of allowing the will of His Father to be done was much greater than His physical appetites. Dear reader, as Disciples of Christ, there should be a hunger and a thirst in us which cannot be satisfied by anything short of fulfilling God’s call upon our lives to be a witness to this lost world of His passionate love for them! Jesus used this situation as an opportunity to thrust His Disciples into their Divine mission by saying what He did in verses 35-36, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages…” In other words, the call is waiting on you! There is no time to procrastinate. There is, as it were, a woman in her Samaria desperately needing to hear of Christ’s love for her. Why wait? Why put it off? Why miss the opportunity? Go for it! Do not hold back on what God has called you to do. God will pay you good, so do it now!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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