A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 27
I am more than a conqueror. Romans 8:37
I have been given fullness in Christ. Colossians 2:10
The gospel of John chapter 4 gives us an amazing story of insight of Jesus. It’s a story of a woman at a well. She had been married five times! She had repeatedly tried to find security and identity in men. Plus, Jesus revealed to her that the man she was presently living with was not her husband. Jesus does not say one condemning word. He did say that drinking water will make you thirsty again, “but whoever drinks the water He gives them will never thirst again…a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
When the Samaritan woman asked for this water, what was Jesus’ answer? He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” Do you notice the dialogue going on? “Give me the water; go get your husband.” Jesus tells her He has living water with which she will never thirst again and she yearns for it.
What would you do, but ask for it? He does not answer her request in the typical way. He puts His finger directly on the drawback in her life, the issue, her place of missing the mark, her one area that is out of control: the need of looking to men for security, identity, emotional and physical needs. She then attempts to redirect Him in verses 19 and 20. Jesus makes it clear that one day all will worship in spirit and in truth. Then in verse 26, Jesus reveals Himself to her, not in a parable, not in an allegorical story, but simply saying, “I am He.” How often was He that straightforward about who He was?
Jesus knew that she had been selling her identity to men, but He also knew an encounter with the One who could give her living water, water that would quench her insecurity and her identity thirst forever, would radically change her life. I will never believe this meeting was accidental or a random encounter. It was a sovereign confrontation, a meeting that was orchestrated by heaven itself because of the love of God for that one single woman at the well.
To you and to me He says, “I am He.” I am your living water. I am your security. I am your identity. I am your foundation for relationship so that your neediness issues can be resolved. I am your healthy boundary keeper. I am your esteem. I am your beginning and your end. I am your employer, your real-estate agent, your banker and your lawyer. I am your retirement, your health insurance, your accountant. I am your father and your mother. I am your security and I am your identity. I am He.
Have you found Him to be all these things? It’s okay to be at the well, but it is not okay to leave The Well still thirsty. He is present to quench your thirst regardless of how you came to the well or where your heart was at when you first encountered Jesus. He speaks to you today, “I am He.”
Question for reflection:
When you consider Him as the “I am” in your life, what do you know to be true about your identity?
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