Skin Deep: Skin In The Game-Tuesday
“You’re right! You don’t have a husband—for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!"
Jesus just called that woman out for living with some guy she’s not married to. Not to embarrass her, not to shame her, not to make her feel like a floozy in front of the whole town. He did it because He wanted her to know that He loved her. And love notices things. We’re fascinated when someone notices the little things because it means someone is paying attention to us. Someone sees us, knows us, cares about the details of our lives. For the Samaritan woman, most of the barriers in her life were put up for her. She was surrounded by the race and class barrier, the gender barrier, and the world’s expectations barrier. But this barrier? This was one she built herself. This barrier was built with bricks of failed relationships and attempts to pacify her gnawing insecurity. That didn’t matter to Christ though. He saw her and knew her despite this barrier she had built. Remember our verse from Monday? Christ came to break down all the barriers, even the ones we willingly put up ourselves--maybe even especially those barriers. If you keep reading beyond the verse we read in Ephesians, you’ll see that Jesus first reconciled people to God, then to each other. The only way those other barriers - race, class, gender, expectations - get torn down, is for the barrier between you and God to get demolished first.
- Identify one word that describes how you feel now that the barrier between you and God has been torn down. Complete the sentence, “Because of Jesus, I am _________.” Join our Southland community in posting a photo of yourself, with the above word as a caption, on Instagram or Facebook and #skindeepscc.