APRIL 14: DANCE IN A CIRCLE

DANCE IN A CIRCLE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Jesus answered and said unto her, 'Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4:13-14
Today's Read: John 4; Luke 18:9-14
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Blessed be the name of a Savior who thrusts Himself with full foresight, insight, and knowledge, into the scandalous lives of hurting individuals.
Blessed be the name of a Savior who voluntarily "chooses" a path that leads to the hurting, helpless, and hopeless, and moves with unrelenting compassion toward all those who are deemed outcasts, outlaws, and unloveables.
Blessed be the name of "my" Savior.
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The context of this passage is asserted marvelously into the life of a hurting and demoralized individual given over to the lies of Satan:
Men had used her,
Abused her,
And reduced her to nothing.
She felt like nothing.
She was alone.
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Jesus received her,
Restored her,
And rescued her from her tormentors.
She became somebody.
And He received her and loved her as His own.
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Look at the contrast of man and Christ.
Is there any question which one you desire to be next to?
Have you any wondering at the remarkable "draw" Christ had to the social outcast?
Have you any wondering at the contempt Jesus drew to Himself by His nature and loving appeal toward those who society rejected?
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"This" woman is in the heart of every individual reading this,
 Some part of her.
And if you seek to distance yourself from that part of yourself, you have brought judgement, not to her ... but to "yourself."
Our attempts to cover and gloss over our secret sins while pointing out the "open" sins of others reeks and suggests something of ourselves about ourselves.
Christ came to deliver us from ourselves and our bondage to sin;
To save us from our sin and not to condemn us in it.
This is the hope of the Gospel:
"For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."
John 3:17
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We are beautiful outcasts, you and me, with Christ alive in our midst.
Together we rejoice and dance in a circle around our Redeemer.
We become something of beauty and usefulness when we identify freely with the broken and needy.
We become something of value and beauty when we recognize the brokenness within ourselves and receive the love of Christ as our unconditional source of hope, transformation, and eternal life.
We become vessels of compassion when we are fashioned by the holy hands that form us.
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Your life, no matter how dreadful and sinful it appears to you, has value.
Christ loves you.
He gave His life for you.
His blood is sufficient for you.
This message is for "you."
Hear Him ...
He's calling you.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) Today's "read" of John and Luke is life empowering. Do you read "yourself" in it or someone else?
Your answer is an amazing revelation about you.
2) Who's dancing in your circle?
3) What's beautiful and who's most usable to Jesus?