Knowing the Gift of God

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Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  John 4:10

If you knew the gift of God. . . 

Isn’t this true for all of us, in various ways?  If only we knew the gift of God, and what he is offering us.

Something that stuck with me from last Sunday’s sermon was the statement that we often miss the miracles that God is doing.  So this morning, I made a list of miracles I have seen recently.

One is that I was able to give a coaching workshop last night.  I happened to run into a business owner last week, and she asked me if I could come and address her employees.  To me, this wasn’t just chance.  It was an answer to prayer!

This morning, I got a text from a friend, responding to my query on how she is doing.  She said she is doing well!  As a young woman from China, I watched her wrestle to have faith for years.  That she finally got baptized, and has been able to win spiritual battles and remain faithful, is a miracle.

Another friend told me how she had a challenging week with her child, and came across someone at just the right moment who offered to take him for the weekend and give her time to recharge.  That was a miracle, too!

Jesus said that he had living water to offer.  This term, “living water,” is found all over the Bible.  It’s the fresh water Isaac’s servants found when they dug a well.  (Gen. 26:19) It’s the water that was prophesied about in Isaiah 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation.”  It’s the water that’s referred to in Revelation, “For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water.”  (Rev. 7:17)

Jesus was giving the gift of eternal life.   And many of us have received this gift.  But do we know the extraordinary gift of God, or have we become dull and jaded?  Do we see that God worked miracles to bring us to salvation?

I know that this is true for me.  God put me in a place where I could play my flute in a church when I was 16, and be drawn to him for the first time.  God put a young man in my life, and at the right time this young man would turn to him, and lead me to him.  After I married this man, God put us in a church that set an amazing spiritual foundation for our life.

I need to be trembling in holy fear that God would work such miracles for me, one life among billions.  I am the woman at the well. I was certainly a “Samaritan,”  miserable and living so much in the world.  I didn’t deserve for God to take notice of me.

If you knew the gift of God.  Let us be mindful, each moment, that we are saved because of miracles.  May we not take it for granted, but treat it with wonder.  May we be more reverent. More in awe.

And then, may this knowledge allow us to realize that the gift continues to give.  As we see what he has done, we come to believe that God will do so much more.

And so we ask, and he will give.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,  Heb 12:28

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