This week we heard Derek speak about Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. As Derek expounded, a Jew, such as Jesus, would never have associated with a Samaritan. Furthermore, Jesus, a Rabbi, would have never spoken to a woman. Indeed, it was an unusual encounter.
As if these social barriers were not enough, she was also a sinner – a sinner whose sins were well known in the community. Nonetheless, Jesus chose her to reveal that he was the Savior of the world.
This is not the only unlikely encounter that Jesus had with people. He asked a crooked tax collector to open up his home to him. (Luke 19:5) He also asked a sinner to baptize Him. (Matthew 3:13)
When Jesus asked people to give unto Him, he approached the outcasts, the hated and the unqualified. It would seem as if you were on a mission to save the world, you would seek out the high and mighty. But Jesus sought out those that were positioned to receive and mirror His love.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done, or how qualified you are. Give yourself to Jesus. He can and he will use you to further his Kingdom. It doesn’t matter what people think of you. It doesn’t matter what you think of you. If Jesus wants to use you, he will find a way. He will probably use you in a way that you never expected.