A Heart Divided
by Steve Sargent
Take a few minutes to read John 4.
We love comfortable lives! Love it. We want to spend all of our time with people we feel comfortable around doing things we love to do. We make decisions based off of what is most comfortable and enjoyable to us. So, a lot of times, we end up living in a comfort bubble. New ideas and change tend to scare us. That’s why movie sequels and remakes are so popular. We know what to expect. This is why they could make The Fast and the Furious 19 and it’d still make money!
Jesus pops this bubble in John 4 when he goes to talk to the Samaritan woman. Jews (like Jesus) never interacted with Samaritans because they considered Samaritans to be unclean people. As a result, Jews really only interacted with Jews – the people they were most comfortable with. When Jesus went to talk to this Samaritan woman at the well, it was more than just a conversation. It was a message to all of us that he’s calling us to step out of our comfort zones!
As Christ followers, we are called to take steps outside our comfort zone all the time. Following Jesus isn’t about living a comfortable life filled with our own enjoyment. It’s about sacrificial living in a way that pops the comfortable bubble our human nature so desperately tries to create in hopes of reaching new people.