Superman or Clark Kent?

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. John 4:7; 9

The failure that many of us have in trying to do what Jesus has called us to do is that we are doing His work in our way. Jesus says preach the gospel, but instead we do all kinds of things in place of simply telling our neighbor the story of eternal life through Jesus. If we are going to work like Jesus then we must think like Jesus did at the well in Samaria. He could calm winds and waves heal the sick and multiply bread but rather than trying to impress this woman with His abilities He begins by asking for her help.

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When was the last time you asked your neighbor, co-worker or family member for help? Why does it seem to us that we must always be more like Superman than Clark Kent? Clark may have his weaknesses but he does have friends. If like Jesus, we ask for help in our own areas of genuine need we may discover that doors to hearts will begin to open. After all Superman may save the day but He never sticks around to get married, have kids and raise a family! If we are to reach our world with a message as desperately needed as water from a well, then we need to be willing to be weak and ask for help. Our moment of vulnerability will open the doors of hearts to what only God can do both in their lives and in ours!

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