God Uses Imperfect People in Extraordinary Ways

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

The biblical account of the woman at the well is one of the most significant stories of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Though her name is never disclosed, we read in the text that she was a Samaritan, a race of people the Jews did not associate with at that time. Yet, Jesus had a divine appointment with this woman.

While the disciples were directed to depart from Jesus to buy food in town, He went to Jacob’s Well and waited for this Samaritan to come. Most women were accustomed to drawing water from the well together in the early morning hours. This Samaritan woman waited until midday, signifying she was likely a social outcast. Imagine her surprise when Jesus, a Jewish man, asked her, a Samaritan woman, for a drink of water. He assured her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and Whom you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water” (John 4:10). As she pointed out to Jesus that He didn’t have a cup, she asked about “this living water” as if He thought His water was better than Jacob’s (not understanding that Jesus was referring to Himself).

Then, Jesus shocked the woman by disclosing her life’s details. She previously had five husbands and wasn’t married to the man she currently lived with. At that moment, she presumed Jesus to be a prophet. “I know the Messiah is coming—the One Who is called Christ. When He comes, He will explain everything to us” (John 4:25).

“Then Jesus told her, ‘I AM the Messiah!’” (John 4:26).

“The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, ‘Come and see a man Who told me everything I ever did! Could He possibly be the Messiah?’ So, the people came streaming from the village to see Him” (John 4:28-30).

Jesus stayed in that town for two days sharing His message. “Because of His words, many more became believers” (John 4:41). That one woman’s testimony led many people to salvation!

This story reflects the love of Jesus for ALL people—including those who don’t fit the “religious” mold. God can take the most broken people and give them a Kingdom purpose apart from their qualifications, education, title, or social status. God often uses the most unlikely people who are willing and believe in the One Who calls them. Then He gets the glory!

Our past does not define us—the blood of Jesus does! God transforms us as we respond to His love, deep mercy, and grace. He leads us into situations where we can be used for His purposes, turning us from watchers into DOERS! When we let go of fear and inferiority, allowing God to work through us, the possibilities of reaching people for Christ are endless!

Guiding Points:

Call to Action: Has an “unqualified” person inspired your faith journey? Will you allow God to use you to inspire others? If you have felt a calling on your life or God tugging at your heart for this, read these scriptures and pray for God’s direction:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Prayer: Father God, Your name is lifted high today and we praise You! We come to You asking for guidance and direction. We want to do Your will, telling others about Your goodness to us. Help us to be used for Your Kingdom purposes. Set our feet in the right direction and put people in our path who need to hear Your word and find salvation. Help us overcome fear and feelings of inadequacy. Give us the words to say that will honor You. In Your precious name, we pray, Amen!

Final Thought: Always remember Jesus died for YOU! You belong to Him and He loves you. He determines your identity and is your source of strength as you pursue His will.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023


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