November 16, 2020 | Lifeblog | No Comments
Our God has everything to give us, everything. The Bible says in James 1:17 that every good and perfect gift comes from above, from God the Father of lights. The one with whom there is no variableness, neither a shadow of turning.
He has everything to give us, but he requests that we give him something first. But wait a minute, the Bible says we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). When He died for us, of course, he didn’t ask for anything, but if we’re going to receive His salvation, then he requires something, at least, that we believe. He requires us to at least take an action before we take advantage of that which he has prepared for us.
Everytime, he requires us to give to him that which is dear to us. The things we hold in so much esteem.
Gen 8:22 says, as long as the earth remains, seed time and harvest will not cease. You need to sow, before you reap. As long as the earth remains, seed time and harvest will not cease. So, he requests that you give him something, however little.
The Bible says it’s even a disadvantage when you say you don’t have, because the little you have will be taken and given to those who have (Matt 13:12). In other words, the Bible is denying that you have nothing.
In Romans 10:10, talking about our salvation.
“For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.”
You need to believe it, you need to confess it. It means, even to be saved, you need to use your heart and your mouth. You need to believe Him, you need to confess it, say it. So, that proves, He has everything to give us, but we need to sow, to reap them.
Thanks for joining the class once again. We continue with our series – Come, Drink! This is be the 22nd class. The Bible says in John 7:37, if any man thirsts, let him come unto me and drink.
There’s a wonderful revelation my wife called my attention to. She got the word and shared it with me in excitement. So, I just had to show you very quickly. In John 4 verses 6 to 10. Please flip over to that scripture. You’ll be surprised, because what we talked about in our introduction is shown to us here in John 4:7
Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
(The 6th hour is around noon)
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
Now, that’s the title of today’s class. GIVE ME TO DRINK.
Isn’t it surprising that our Lord Jesus Christ , almighty, omnipotent, Jehovah Jireh, the one who has everything, still needs something from us. He’s asking the Samaritan woman, “give me to drink”. Because His disciples had gone into the city to get food.
Now, take a look at the Samaritan woman’s response. That response just typifies our usual objections when God demands our attention, out devotion, our seed, our holiness. When He demands that we give Him something dear to us. Check out verse 9
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
You see, the woman put up an objection
“You’re a Jew, and you’re asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink. Don’t you know that Jews and Samaritans don’t have dealings together?”
We always have a reason to withhold that which is dear to us. Those things that give us pride. Our livelihood, our ego. Those reasons, however genuine, should be laid down at his obedience. The things you hold dear. Your time, your money. You find it hard to TITHE. Not even offerings. Tithes. 10% of that which you earn. It’s not a gift. Your tithe is an obligation. It’s His, not yours. If you withhold it, you Rob him. That’s Mal 3:10
Those are the objections we raise. You may say, if I pay it, how much will be left?
Same with the Samaritan woman. For you to receive tangible gifts from God, then you must give something tangible. I want you to see what you’re talking about today as a command from God himself. If it wasn’t important that this woman sows a cup of drink at least, then Jesus Christ will not be asking her for it. If this lesson wasn’t important, Our Lord will not be demonstrating it here. He could take water from the well Himself, supernaturally. What is God telling you to give Him? It could be your heart. Please Don’t get it wrong. Don’t say, Oh, He’s telling me to Give him my house. If He prompts you to give that. Please obey.
But you see, most times, what he’s requesting of you is not outside your capacity to give. He will not ask of you, what you lack the capacity to give. He knows you more than you know yourself.
In this case, water signifies survival. Both the Samaritan woman and Jesus were thirsty at that period. When you’re thirsty, the kind of water you’re looking for is such that it will make you survive. That’ll make you live. So, Jesus is saying in essence – give me your survival. That which you hold dear. That which you think, oh, if I leave it, I won’t survive.
Wait a minute. Let’s dig into the genuineness of the Samaritan woman’s objection – “That Samaritans and Jews have no dealings”. I think she was right. That objection was genuine. Many times, our excuses are genuine. If God we’re to ask for your car, you’ll have a genuine reason not to obey. If He demands your time, you also have a genuine objection not to obey.
Yet, he wants you to spend quality time with him. Sometimes, he demands a day of your week, so you can fulfill His assignment for you. He’s only saying, give me a drink.
So, who are the Samaritans? They were half Jews, half gentiles. In 1 Kings 17:24, a Particular Assyrian King captured Samaria. He deported Samaritan residents back to Assyria and imported Assyrians to inhabit Samaria. They intermarried with the remnant Samaritans and tweaked their religion and culture and mode of worship. They even created separate places of worship. Hence, the Jews, from the tribe of Judah, saw Samaritans as half baked Israelites, even though the Samaritans still lay claim to the lineage of Jacob, just as this Samaritan woman boasted that well she wants to fetch from, was built by Jacob. But the Jews viewed them differently from them. This is the reason for the enmity.
So, in a sense, we see that the woman’s objection was genuine. Yet, it doesn’t matter how true or genuine or realistic our excuses and objections to God’s instructions are, they don’t suffice. When God says Give me this, you give it cheerfully. The Bible says it’s more blessed to give than to receive. You want to receive from God, yes, fine, He’s got everything for you free of charge. But he needs your faith, then he needs your actions of faith – prayer, Thanksgiving, giving, service, righteousness, as he prompts you by His Holy spirit.
In John 3:16, we see that everlasting life doesn’t just fall on you like a pack of cards without any prior response on your side. For God so LOVED the world that GAVE his only BEGOTTEN son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. You must BELIEVE to have that everlasting life. He says ‘Give me a drink’.
But then, Our Lord Jesus quickly enlightened this woman. Hear what He told her – Oh, you think I shouldn’t have anything to do with you, right? You’re getting it wrong, you’re underestimating the opportunity standing before you.. Jesus said:
If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
If only you know the gift I have for you and if only you know who I am, you won’t have just give me this seed I’m asking, you’d also quickly ask for a harvest of the living water in return, which has more value than whatever volume of water you fetch from this well. Hallelujah. Your water will only quench thirst temporarily, my living water will quench it eternally!
Always, this is God’s message to us. But we often still continue in our objections. We love to stay in the comfort of our minds and weak faith. The Samaritan woman even pulled up another objection, instead of surrendering to the Fountain of living water.
Please, stop objecting to God’s word, instruction, direction and requests from you. He doesn’t need whatever he’s asking from you. He only seeks an avenue to bless you. He wants the law of seedtime and harvest obeyed. He wants you to provoke your miracle.
Let’s stop behaving like the Samaritan woman. She responded with another objection. “Excuse me sir, you don’t even have a bucket to fetch with, and the well is deep. Don’t you know that this well was dug by our father Jacob, and he drank from it with his family and cattle?”
But as God’s nature is, he doesn’t give up on us. Jesus insisted on making her see the reason she needs the living water, because anyone who drinks of it will never thirst again. Thank God she finally surrendered, and humbly requested for the living water. You can make your own request too. Jesus is Here! Amen! Hallelujah!
Dear friend, whatever it is you need to give up to get God’s all for you, please give it up. God demands such of you. It could be care and burden. He says give me a drink. Give me that which you think is hard. Give me that luggage of sin. Give me that worry. Pass it over to me. Give me your money. Use it for me.
Hear this: Bible says come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
He’s saying, “Your heavy load, give it to me.
Lord we give you that which you’re asking of us. Because we long to have your all. In Jesus name. Amen.
If you don’t know Jesus, then what he’s asking of you is your soul. Give it to him today, and he’s returning it to you, with eternal life.
Say Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I repent of my sins and forsake them. I surrender my soul. Cleanse me with your blood. I receive you as my Lord and saviour. I’m whole, I’m clean, I’m saved. In Jesus Name. Congratulations. Welcome to the Kingdom of God.
Let’s meet in the next class, by God’s grace. In Jesus Name . Amen.
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