Missing the Point

Missing the Point!

 

John 4:31-45

 
 

How often did Jesus’ disciples miss the miraculous ministry of Jesus by focusing on the mundane? They were more concerned about the quality of their life in their world than their life in the world to come.

 
 

Jesus just had a conversation with a woman who was about to spread the good news of the Kingdom throughout an entire town, and his disciples were more amazed that He was talking to a woman! They didn’t care that He might have had something important to say. They were just amazed that He was breaking with their traditions.

 
 

Additionally, they were more concerned about their stomachs than their souls. Here Jesus is tirelessly ministering to people, waking up at dawn to go pray, feeding thousands of people, doing miracles, and they are more concerned about lunch, and making sure they get their own needs met.

 
 

How often are we telling ourselves that we are just too busy to deal with what God thinks is important? Within our daily goals and our daily priorities, if the truth be known, God is last on the list, if He makes it to the list at all. We are blind to the everyday miracles that He performs right before our eyes, because like the disciples, we are more concerned about lunch, or work, or school, or sleep, or whatever; the list goes on.

 
 

Christ came to bring in the Kingdom of God! It’s here now! It is a place where He wants us to live now, not at some time in the future. Our main purpose in life is to be able to tell people with our thoughts, words, and deeds, about that Kingdom and how to be part of it before it’s too late. But, we act as if we have until Christ comes back to get working on that agenda. We believe, like the disciples, that Jesus can wait until after lunch, or after OUR agenda for life, to get His work done. We are sadly mistaken if we believe that, and we will pay for our lack of obedience to Him.

 
 

Our main reason for existence is His Kingdom. Otherwise, we are just people waiting to die, like the tares with the wheat. While we are here, we are wasting time. None of what we do will last and is just pointless.

However, Kingdom dwellers have a point to their lives, as they actively participate in God’s Kingdom they are building collateral for eternity. Their lives count for something and their work is priceless.

 
 

So where do you live? At McDonalds or in the Kingdom? How does your LIFE say where you live? Are you at the mountaintop with Jesus and the woman from Samaria, or are you on a lunch run with the so-called disciples?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

Read John 4:27-43

 
 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 

Questions:

1. In verse 27, why are the disciples amazed?

2. What should they have discerned and what should they have asked?

3. In verse 28, what is the significance of the woman leaving her water jar?

4. What kind of water does she have now? How did she respond?

 
 

Read verses 31-39; John 1:38; John 4:11, 15; 3:4; 6:34,52; 5:30; 17:20;  Isaiah 9:3; Amos 9:13; Job 31:8; Josh 24:13; Acts 8:5-17, 25)

 
 

5 . Discuss the responses of others vs the responses of the disciples to Jesus idea of the Kingdom.

6. Which Kingdom was Jesus promoting, which did the disciples cling to?

7. Why do you think we act like the disciples?

8. What is Jesus urging us to do?

9. How can we, like Jesus, urge others to live in the Kingdom of God?

 
 

Read verses 40-43

 10. If we are doing what Christ called us to do, what kinds of relationships would we have?

11. What people would we hang out with?

12. How would our lives be different?

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

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