Sometimes in life, we have to do the right thing, even if no one understands why. We have to love folks that others don’t want to love. We have to be places that others don’t want to be. We have to be faithful when the world is falling apart.
We have to go through Samaria. Wait, what? Look at what happens in a portion of today’s text, found in John 4: 4-7, 25-26:
4 But he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”. . . . 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
It says in verse 4 that Jesus had to go through Samaria. But here’s the thing. The way He was traveling, He really didn’t. Plus Jews just didn’t go into Samaria. He didn’t have to go through Samaria. He really didn’t.
But yet, He did. He had to go through there.
Because He had a mission. And it was the right thing to do. And there were people there that needed to be loved. There were people there that needed grace, that needed mercy. That needed to know the love of God.
They weren’t shown the love of God. They were looked down upon. They were hated. They were disregarded. They didn’t matter.
And Jesus had to go to them. He had to. Because it was the very thing He was here for. To show God’s love.
So, today, where is your Samaria? Who do you have to go to? Where do you have to go, even if you don’t “have” to?
Where do you and I need to show grace and mercy and God’s love?
Where to we have to go today? May God’s grace lead us there. And may God’s grace give us strength for that moment.