Breaking Through Barriers

October 8, 2017

There are many barriers that separate people from each other and from God. There are gadgets, social activities, jobs, preferences and personal commitments. This is true today as it was in the time of Jesus. Let us see how He dealt with them and how we can follow His example.


Breaking through social and cultural barriers.

A Samaritan woman comes to draw water from the well at noon, against Middle Eastern practice of drawing water at sundown.

Genesis 24:11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.

Jesus, upon meeting her, asked her for a drink. The woman’s response revealed that Jesus just did two socio-culturally unacceptable things for Jews: He talked to a Samaritan (the Jews despised Samaritans), and He talked to a woman (the Jews considered women as second-class citizens). He talked to a woman of ill-repute.

They were talking about the water then Jesus moved the conversation to the living water.

We should break these socio-cultural barriers in order to share the goodness of the Lord. No matter what people says the more important is what the Lord will. And we know that God will be glad if we share Him and if we let others to be saved.

Breaking through personal barriers.

The Samaritan woman in the story kept on changing husbands, and it was an indication of her “thirst”. Jesus reveals Himself to be more than an ordinary man. In telling her these things without any criticism or condemnation, He is communicating that she is significant despite of her background.

Jesus didn’t judge the woman by her background, even though he knows everything. This shows that Jesus didn’t come for those good people but Jesus come for the people who need to see God.

Whenever you are sharing gospel, share it to everybody even if it sinful man or whoever. Let everyone know His goodness.


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