WHAT DO YOU SEE? // MAY 13, 2022
“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.”
Not only was Jesus' conversation with the woman at the well one of his longest recorded encounters in John, it was one of the rare occasions when he acknowledged that he was the Messiah. In that time, the woman represented what culture would have deemed the lowest of the low: a female in a society where women were demeaned and disregarded, who came from a race traditionally despised by Jews, living in shame as a social outcast with a messy past and present. Yet, Jesus offered her truth, acceptance and redemption. She was so transformed by the encounter that she immediately ran to tell others about meeting Jesus. Her witness had a ripple effect: it led to many life transformations.
What do we see when we look in the mirror? Are we using a magnifying glass, spotlighting our faults, our failures, our imperfections, our weaknesses, our sorrows? We often wear feelings of our inadequacy; we're not good enough, not smart enough or not good-looking enough. Imagine Jesus sitting next to us with our looking glass and speaking truth, redemption, love and acceptance. Where we see flaws, he looks tenderly upon us and speaks living water. Where we see inadequacy, he sees us clothed more beautifully than the lilies of the field (Luke 12:28). Where we see our tattered, broken lives, he sees us dressed in new threads fit for the sons and daughters of the king (2 Corinthians 6:18). And just like the woman at the well, when we see ourselves the way he sees us, the ripple is far-reaching, impacting our lives and the lives of those around us.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? No matter what anyone else has spoken over you -- culture, your family, someone you looked up to -- or even anything you've spoken over yourself ... you are a child of God. Today, choose to take off the garment of shame, guilt or condemnation and put on the garment God intended you to wear: chosen, redeemed, treasured, unique and an heir who is created on purpose for purpose. Not only might your life depend on it, but the lives of those you love could be set free because of the outfit you choose to wear.