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Old Water Jars

“And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:3–7 NLT

One of my favorite stories from the book of John is the encounter of Jesus and the woman at the well. Jesus knew who she was and how she had been living her life. Have the choices you made in life caused you feel like you didn’t deserve God’s love?

Rather than use the opportunity to condemn her, Jesus offered her hope and life. When the woman left, she left her water jars behind at the well. I love that John included that small detail. It shows us when Jesus reveals Himself, there are certain things that need to be left behind—things we have done, choices we have made. Those old water jars no longer had a purpose in the life of a Christian.

Do you have old water jars you are still carrying around? It may be tempting to hold on to them, because they may be the very things we feel we can’t live without. They are familiar, comfortable. They might even be the very things we have relied on more than God. If you have been holding on to your past, your old water jars, rather than looking ahead, maybe it is time to let go. Jesus is waiting, ready to offer us life.

Lord, give me the courage to leave those old water jars behind. I know it’s more important to leave them in the past and embrace the living water that You so lovingly offer us. Amen.

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