The Marketplace Witness: Sermon By Rev. Geoffrey Muchai
It was necessary for Him to go through Samaria. And in doing so, He arrived at a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the tract of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. And Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, tired as He was from His journey, sat down [to rest] by the well. It was then about the sixth hour (about noon). Presently, when a woman of Samaria came along to draw water, Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink— For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy food— The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?—For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans— Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God’s gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water. She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and the well is deep; how then can You provide living water? [Where do You get Your living water?] Are You greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?
Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life. The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come [continually all the way] here to draw. At this, Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come back here. The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband. For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly. The woman said to Him, Sir, I see and understand that You are a prophet. Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, but you [Jews] say that Jerusalem is the place where it is necessary and proper to worship.
Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither [merely] in this mountain nor [merely] in Jerusalem. You [Samaritans] do not know what you are worshiping [you worship what you do not comprehend]. We do know what we are worshiping [we worship what we have knowledge of and understand], for [after all] salvation comes from [among] the Jews. A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality). The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming, He Who is called the Christ (the Anointed One); and when He arrives, He will tell us everything we need to know and make it clear to us. Jesus said to her, I Who now speak with you am He.John 4:4-26 (NKJV)
There are specific spheres of influence that God has configured us to enter into.
The resource we have been given is the Holy Spirit for us to walk with others.
The purpose of ministry is so as to impart the nature of Christ in others.
The call to ministry or service is a call to intimacy with God. God is calling us to a place of intimacy.
God does not just call us to the world. He calls us to Himself so that we may manifest His essence and nature to the world. He calls us out of the patterns and concepts of the world because the problems of the world cannot be solved by the same mindset that created it.
John 4:7-8 – God has an end outcome and desire in mind.
The point of entry of a solution is a problem. It is wisdom that helps us connect the dots to know what particular solution is needed for the particular problem at hand.
The principles of all things created originate in God. He is not foreign to them and He is the source of our solutions.
Our satisfaction and desires, even those that we do not know of yet, are resident in God.
When God wants to usher you to a higher place, He takes you a place where you cannot rely on your own strength but His.
John 4:9-10 – Our history (reference from past experience) can limit us from rightly perceiving new situations or even our breakthroughs.
Jesus introduced the Samaritan woman to a new reality.
There are certain questions God poses to us that are an invitation to deeper realities and experiences in Him. Do you receive the questions from God as an invitation from Him?
We have received eternal life and communion from God. Christ is the one through whom we access these things. The Spirit of God activates eternal realities with us.
We can easily be caught up in our schedule that we fail to realize that God is ushering us to a prophetic moment.
We have eternal life. How are you positioning yourself in light of this reality?
The reality of eternal life is one of worship. It is the pleasure we get when we accept the invitation of deeper communion with God. Walking in the satisfaction of the desire of God is not difficult but it will cost you your life.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
The reward of God is superlative. It is exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ever ask or think.
God is calling us to the place of obedience where logic and reality is redefined. The place of obedience is one where you share in God’s joy as His purposes are fulfilled.
The Samaritan woman’s thirst for water represented an underlying need within her for something deeper.
John 4:11-12 – The Samaritan woman immediately disqualified the reality Jesus was inviting her to. Don’t we easily do the same?
The place where Christ rules and reigns is not the place where we are at. It is high above our situations and problems.
John 4:13 – Jesus exposed her to a deeper reality.
Eternal realities are senseless and far removed from physical realities. This is the place God invites us to daily.
God desires us to touch base with His mind, to realities that defy the norm and supersede any understanding and logic.
John 4:17 shows how we miss out on the reality God invites us to because of how our hearts receive and perceive what He says. We need to embrace the entirety of the word of God, not selectively but fully, so that we receive the word of God wholesomely.
We are kept from entering into the reality that God invites us to when we lack understanding of the truth of God. When you do not understand the truth of God behind a reality He has revealed, you will not be able to apply or express that reality in your life.
There is need to align ourselves to how God desires a thing to be done.
God is calling us to a place where selfishness is broken from within us so as to articulate the plan and purpose He has for our lives.
John 4:15-19 – The prophetic word of God exposes things within us even when we do not desire it to. When the word of God is breaking us, it lays bare everything that will keep us from receiving that which He has prepared for us.
If we do not allow God to work within us, that which He has promised us to receive will destroy us should we enter prematurely.
The word of God reveals the reality of who we are in Him.
John 4:19-24 – The word of God that we receive is the witness that we give of Christ. You can never be a witness of Christ when you do not have fellowship or an encounter with Him. The testimony of Christ is the spirit of prophecy. You cannot have a testimony without an encounter or experience.
God has configures us to discern His identity.
The more the Samaritan woman interacted with Christ, the more she rightly perceived who He was. This is the same for us.
Jesus exposed the Samaritan woman to a deeper dimension of truth. He exposed her to the heart of the Father. Every time God speaks to us, He is wooing us to know Him better.
The Father is seeking for a people who accept the invitation to communion to know who we are in Him.
Before God sends you to the world, He calls us to a place of fellowship, relationship and communion with Him.
John 4:25-26 – There is a reality of the Kingdom of God that the sons of God carry that people will experience once they interact with them.
In order to be effective marketplace witnesses, our minds and hearts need to be one with the mind and heart of Christ.
The Lord must first of all draw you close to Himself so that He trains you and imparts to you His supernatural capacity before sending you to the world to function in the Gate that He has ordained for your kind of dimension.
Beware of your manner of reception of God’s prophetic word. The state of your mind and heart greatly determines how well you receive God’s prophetic word.
God speaks to all, but it depends on how structured each one is internally. Your internal state greatly determines your external reception as well as your expression of the dimension of the ordinations of God for your life.