Day 36:


Read John 3-4

I hope while you are reading this, you have been able to have a restful Sabbath.  As you take the time to read and reflect on what you have read in John 3-4 there is a lot of things that you could very easily gloss over. I want to bring some key points out that you have heard possibly hundreds of times.

John starts off his third chapter by talking about being Born again, or being a born again Christian. (Verses 1-9) So often we can read over that and not think twice, about what we are supposed to be doing as Christians with our everyday lives. I just want to challenge you with your walk, for you to be calling yourself a Christian is not an easy task. Something like this, shouldn’t be looked at lightly. We are called to live a life set apart from the world. ( Romans 12:2).  We are called not to be conformed to the world, and to be transformed because of the fact that we see in John 3:16. Where it says,

For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

We are called to be set apart and to follow in faith, because Jesus was sent to die on our behalf. That kind of love is what propels us to have a desire to follow the Lord in all that we do.

Jumping over to the next chapter we see a glimpse of the heart of Jesus and the heart of the Samaritan woman. (Read John 4:1-26). We see the heart of the Samaritan woman while she is at the well, she wants to hear what Jesus has to say about the living water, and all that he is speaking off, however she knows there is something that is holding her back. She is not the only one who knows that. Jesus strategically asks for her to go grab her husband and he will give her what she needs. Here is a news flash, Jesus is sly, he is sneaky, and he sure does know what he is doing. We see her respond with I don’t have a husband, and Jesus says you are right, you have five.

At this moment, Jesus has stuck a hard place in her life. We so often try and hide things in our lives but yet we see from this passage that God knows. There is nothing that we can hide from him, no matter how hard you may try in your life.  In Romans 10:9 it says,

 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

We like all have fallen astray and live with things bottled up inside. Sins that we may try and harbor, or even sins that we try to bury because we think if we don’t think about them or see them God doesn’t either. Be encouraged that God loves you no matter what, and because of that he wants us to voice to him what we are struggling with. Once we voice those sins that are consuming our lives, preventing us from being in a full relationship with him, we will truly be able to grow closer to God.

So as you start this upcoming week be encouraged, that God loves you, that God knows you, and there is nothing that you can hide from him, because he knows everything. Nothing you do, can prevent you from being loved by our God, our creator.


Andrew Barnes