An Invitation // Doodling Through John 4

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
— John 4:10 NASB

In John 4 we meet the woman at the well. There's a lot to take away from the scene, but what I relate to the most is that Jesus is asking a favor of this ordinary woman -- a fundamentally small favor, but a huge favor in principle, given their circumstances. A favor, nonetheless. And in return, although she doesn't quite know or comprehend it from the start, the woman receives something far, far greater than simple recompense. 

Here's what my study Bible has to say on the matter:

Even when God asks us to do certain things, it’s really an invitation to receive greater things from him. Jesus asked the woman for a drink of water so He could offer her living water.
— CFSLPB

I had many more fun aha! moments as I read John 4, but the real THERE IT IS moment happened in Genesis. (Remember, I'm following the She Reads Truth "The Bible In A Year" plan, so I'm jumping back and forth between John and Gen.) In Genesis 12, verses 1-3, Abram is given a directive and a promise, both of which I can apply to myself, as someone who moved overseas to follow God's call on her life:

Now the Lord said to Abram,

“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
...
And I will bless you,
...
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
...”
— Genesis 12:1-3 NASB

Is Jesus asking you for a favor? It doesn't have to involve "going forth from your country," or even from your own hometown! He could be calling you to make a 'thank you' card for your favorite barista, to join (or host) a small group, to invite your neighbor over for coffee, to give that mom a break while you hang out with her crazy kids (thank you, xo)... it could be anything, really. Whatever it is though, no matter how insignificant it may seem, it could have a really huge impact on a really broad scale. You just don't know -- and you may never find out -- just how good your small act is. This is certain, however: YOU WILL BE BLESSED IN RETURN.

SO HOW ABOUT YOU? Has God been calling you to something? What small (or huge) favor has Jesus been asking of you? ⤵︎

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