“I don’t think I’m going to get to hear the speaker today. I’m the only one here to set up for lunch. So, thanks for coming in! I really appreciate that you two are helping me get things done. By the way, what brought you here today?”-–asked a woman from an inner-city Philadelphia church who was apparently in charge, and greatly on her own, preparing the lunch for her church’s Spiritual Renewal Day.
I smiled, kept cutting up tomatoes and getting sandwich platters ready and said, “We’re happy to help! It’ll go much faster if we work together, then, we can all go upstairs when the first session begins.”
DeAnne, who was ministering with me that day, agreed, and kept cutting her own boatload of tomatoes and filling the platters with all sorts of yummy food. DeAnne also identified me as the speaker for this Spiritual Renewal Day.
The woman was surprised, that we, the ministry team, would have just showed up in the kitchen and started working with her when we saw her need for help. But! If we’re supposed to become more and more like Jesus, isn’t that exactly where we should have been just then? Where we should have just showed up?
Jesus just showed up—and kept showing up. Just where He was supposed to be. Just with whom He was supposed to be. And every time, Jesus did His Father’s work.
Sometimes Jesus showed up to heal the hurting and the helpless. Sometimes Jesus showed up to teach parables and lessons about the Kingdom of God. Sometimes Jesus showed up to give out lunch to thousands. Sometimes Jesus showed up to challenge people’s sense of religious righteousness. Sometimes Jesus showed up to ask people to tell Him who they think He is.
Sometimes Jesus showed up to tell clearly who He is.
That happened one time when Jesus showed up at a well in Samaria—a hated place for the Jews. And there Jesus spoke to a woman who was most likely hated or, at least, certainly held in contempt by her neighbors. She was a woman who had had five husbands and was now with a man that was not her husband. But it was to her at that well, at that moment in time, that Jesus showed up to speak. A portion of their dialogue went like this:
Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I who speaks am He.”
John 4:21, 24-26
Jesus just showed up. Just where He was supposed to be. Just with whom He was supposed to be. And every time, Jesus did His Father’s work.
And that day Jesus took His time to speak with a woman alone at a well—in a hated region, living a broken life—and to her, Jesus announced Himself as the LORD’s Messiah. And she believed…and through her testimony “many other Samaritans from that town believed in Him.”–John 4:39.
Think about where our Lord may be asking you to just show up and touch a life with the love and kindness, the grace and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane