“This is Christianity: The Lord appears! Suddenly, in the midst of the drudgery and the routine and the sameness and the dullness and the drabness, unexpectedly, surprisingly, he meets with you, and says something that changes the whole of your life and your outlook lifts you to a level that you had never conceived could be possible for you… There is always this glorious possibility of meeting with him in a new and a dynamic way.”
Martyn Lloyd Jones (Excerpt from Living Waters)
This quote hit me like a ton of bricks. Martyn Lloyd Jones is commenting on the passage of scripture that recounts Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). He talks about how Jesus shows up at times when you least expect him. This woman at the well was going through the routines of her day (probably what she did every day). She wasn’t expecting anything new to happen when she woke up in the morning and walked to the well. She figured it was “just another day”. Little did she know that this ordinary, average day was going to forever change her life. At the well this woman met Jesus and what a meeting it was. Her encounter with the Lord himself forever changed her life becauase she was offered the living water of Jesus Christ, or in other words… salvation.
This passage is relevant for you today. How often do you wake up in the morning and expect nothing significant to happen? When you enter through the doors of your church do you actually enter expecting nothing? Is your attitude, “Ho hum it’s just another Sunday I will endure the message of the preacher and sing a couple of songs and then go home”? Is your expectation this low? May you learn from this Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus Christ to never expect nothing to happen. You should always expect to encounter the King whether in the mundane and menial tasks of the day or in your faithful attendance to worship on Sunday mornings. Be expectant for God to show up and severely change you for his glory.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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