Are We Intentional?

And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water.

Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

John 4:4-15

There is so much to be learned from the account of Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. One of the first things to grab me about this encounter is Jesus’ intentionality in his ministry.

Flowing water in Jotunheimen

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I do not believe it was by accident Jesus chose to stop at Sychar nor was it a coincidence that he stopped at the well of Jacob. Jesus waited at the well at the warmest time of the day! And he waited there for this woman to come to the well. John tells us in his writing that Jesus’ disciples had left him to buy food in town. So Jesus is alone, at the well, during a time in the day people do not go to retrieve water.

Every journey, every path, every foot step of Jesus’ ministry was intentional. He didn’t bump into this woman at the well by accident, He was there by divine appointment. He was there to meet this woman.

Are we intentional in the ministries that God has trusted us with? Are we constantly seeking to share Christ’s love in our homes, at our work, at school, at the supermarket, the ball field, or even in the fast food line? We may not have Jesus’ supernatural timing, but we should try to be intentional with every moment? Are we aware of the opportunities that pass us every single day?

Just like Jesus we have Living Water to share with thirsty people. We should always be intentional when it comes to looking for those who thirst.


About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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