I sat in a room at Partick Methodist Church with a group of people enthusiastic about the good news of Jesus. There was a good banter, stimulating conversation about a piece of research Gary had done on sharing God’s love in five disadvantaged communities – and David seemed to stop us in our tracks. He pointed out that in the encounter in John 4 between Jesus and the woman at the well, Jesus asked the woman for something before he offered her anything. What a thought for any of us who are sharing in Jesus’ ministry. Not what I can do for you, but putting myself in a place where I can receive from you first.
I have been thinking then about how much I have received from encounters with people on buses, trains, in a bookshop, in shops (and even in churches) since we came to Glasgow. I have received so much from colleagues in ministry.
Perhaps the God-encounters are enabled when we invite others to do something for us – is there something there about allowing ourselves to become vulnerable – and so showing the character of God in Christ. Still more pondering to come perhaps. Thanks, David. Thanks to that unnamed woman at the well.