Archive for April, 2014

Reference : Desire of Ages 190-192 [Chapter 19- At Jacob’s Well (part 3) – (John 4:1-42)]

 

After Jesus declared that He was the Messiah that she heard about and longed for, her faith grew. The Holy Spirit was preparing her to receive more light. The simple declaration that Jesus made to this woman, He couldn’t reveal to the Jews, but He saw that this woman would do great things with this light and draw many to Christ. It really goes to show that He reveals more light to whomever when He thinks the time is right. We can’t in ourselves obtain more light until He is ready for us to have it. Jesus rejoiced as the water of life sprung up in this woman and He rejoices when it springs up in all of us.

“He long with inexpressible desire that they should come to Him and have life.” [DA 191.2] Being spiritually filled, the woman went and left her water-pot and forgot about her physical thirst as she went back to the city to carry the message she received to others. “With heart overflowing with gladness, she hastened on her way, to impart to others the precious light she had received.” [DA 191.3] When we as Christians receive light, we are to be excited and ready to share it with everyone we know and all we come in to contact with just like this woman as she declared “Come see a man…”. She understood where she had to point toward to direct to the light; that man Christ.

Jesus shared with His disciples that the work to be done for the kingdom here on earth was divided in two parts; sowing and reaping. “Here Christ points out a scared service owed to God by those who receive the gospel. They are to be His living agencies. He requires their individual service. And whether we sow or reap, we are working for God.” [DA 192.1] Both the sower and the reapers have their roles to play and they both receive their wages and rejoice together. Good seed had been sown in the woman at the well and the harvest was received quickly. The woman and the people were eager to receive more light so they asked Jesus to stay a while with them and He did. It goes to show that some seed needs more for it to be ready for harvest as with the Pharisees as they demanded signs the He was sent of God. However, these people were more than eager to receive the light and needed no sign or miracle to spring up the fountain of life in them. This is a good point to remember as we go about doing God’s work.

Reference : Desire of Ages 187-189 [Chapter 19- At Jacob’s Well (part 2) – (John 4:1-42)]

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that those who drink from the well will eventually thirst again but those who drink of the water He will give will never thirst again. He was trying to show her and us that the world is not able to quench our longing thirst and what it offers will only last but a while. He directs us to Him as the giver of that living water that is able to refresh and invigorate our soul. Anyone who tastes the water from Jesus will desire more and more and His supply will never run out. The desire for the things of the world will go. “He in whom Christ dwells has within himself the fountain of blessing,- “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” From this source he may draw strength and grace sufficient for all his needs.” [DA 187.3] Jesus caught the woman’s attention and she desired to obtain that water so she would taste no more. However, before Jesus can supply the living water, He seeks to point out our sins and show us the need for a saviour. He went on to point out that the things of this earth are not able to grant anyone access into the kingdom of heaven just He explained to Nicodemus.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24 (KJV)

“In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship. It is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit.” [DA 189.3]

Reference : John 4:1-42; Desire of Ages 183,184 [Chapter 19- At Jacob’s Well (part 1)]

 

Jesus was in a position where He was before a Samaritan woman, who by history was enemy to the Jews, but He desired to reach out to her. He sought to find the key to her heart; which He did. He showed that even our enemies are in need of being touched and the opportunity to be witnessed to and a chance to know Christ. He showed that there was always a way to reach people, even those who would normally not be open to hearing us. He appealed to the part of her that couldn’t say no; He appealed to her heart. “The offer of a kindness might have been rejected; but trust awakens trust,” so He asked a favour instead of offering. He trusted her to do something for Him, which allowed her to trust Him in return. He found that opening in and took His opportunity to share the light with her. We are to be wise in reaching people; from family to enemies, and rulers to friends. The thirst of others ought to be quenched by Christ and our witnessing for Him is the means by which we direct them to Him.

Reference : Desire of Ages 180-182 [Chapter 18- He Must Increase (part 2) – John 3:23-36]

 

Just like John when he was fulfilling his mission, we are to empty ourselves of ‘self’ to allow ourselves to be filled with light from above. We can only receive that light once we are emptied. Only through Christ is any service worthy. John told his disciples “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life.” John continued to cement that Christ was indeed at the centre of it all and he was pointing to the importance in realizing this so that we do not miss out because we missed Christ.

We are not to do as John’s disciples did and get tied up with the messenger; fixing too much attention on him or any messenger preparing our hearts for Christ. We are to be instruments to be used and understand that the success of the work was not dependant on us but upon the divine.

“Happy are they who are willing for self to be humbled, saying with John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” [DA 182.3]

Reference : John 3:23-36; Desire of Ages 178-179 [Chapter 18- He Must Increase (part 1)]

 

John the Baptist understood his purpose in sharing the Gospel. John knew he was to prepare the people to receive Christ who was to come after him. He pointed everyone to Christ. John understood his mission; so when his disciples came with their grievances about taking away from his followers he told them “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Being a disciple maker for Christ, he rejoiced in the happiness of those who found Christ. We too, as we disciple for Christ, are to understand that we are merely to lead and point people to Christ.

“Those who are true to their calling as messengers for God will not seek honor for themselves. Love for self will be swallowed up in Love for Christ. No rivalry will mar the precious cause of the gospel. They will recognize that it is their work to proclaim, as did John the Baptist.” [DA 179.5]