We are at the close of Women’s Month, a time when we celebrate the accomplishments of women in our society and community. It is important to celebrate women because women have been traditionally ostracized and denied opportunities. The contributions and importance of women often goes ignored or seen as something incidental. The Bible, unfortunately, has been a tool to perpetuate the inferiority of women silencing the voices of women whom God has called to proclaim the gospel.
This is why Women’s Month is essential, and this is why Jesus’ treatment of women in the Bible is critical to the revelation of this theological truth.
Women too, are made in the image of God, and have the same authority and potential of any other person in the Kingdom of God. Jesus validates women, their callings and their ability to do ministry. All of us know the story of the Samaritan woman, a woman caught in a cycle of really bad relationships that left her spiritually thirsty. Over the years, she had forgotten who she was, and her potential for worship and relationship with God.
Often, sisters like this Samaritan woman get so caught up in having a relationship with others rather than focusing on having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Sisters get so involved in fulfilling that need that they forget about the fact that God has called them to do great things professionally and in the Kingdom of God. They spend more time on secular relationships, while neglecting themselves and their relationship with Jesus Christ. As a result, they are thirsty. These unfulfilling relationships have left them thirsty and not fulfilling their call. Living out who God has created them to be has left them thirsty. This problem is not isolated to a certain race or class of women. Every woman meets these challenges. There is good news for any woman who has found herself thirsty. Jesus meets us at our thirsty places and provides us with water that will never leave us thirsty. Like Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus meets each of us just when we are about to completely dehydrate. Like he explained to the Samaritan woman, all we have to do to quench this thirst is to worship God in spirit and in truth. We no longer have to hide who we are. Jesus knows we are thirsty. He knows when we have found ourselves in need of water.
It is through worship that we can experience the well of living water gushing up on the inside of us. When the woman recognizes that Jesus is the living water, she drops her water pot: “Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’” John 4:28-29.
Many people believed in Jesus because of this woman’s testimony. This woman who was making trips to a well, satisfying the thirst of others, is now revealed as a woman with a calling and divine testimony. This is what living water can do for each of us. Let us leave behind the cups, the coolers, and the water bottles, so we can drink from this living water that leads us into our divine destinies and satisfies our thirst.