In the Gospel of John 4:5-18, we find Jesus in conversation with the woman we have come to know as “the woman at the well.” Jesus pauses their dialogue to ask her to go and get her husband. She replies that she has no husband. Jesus corrects her by saying she has had five husbands and is now in a live-in relationship. The woman stating that she has no husband is not pertinent by her marital status. Its relevancy is that she tried to bring only a portion of her story to grace. That is why it is important that she told the people that she met someone who told her all the things she had done. It was never about her guilt. It was about her story. When we come to grace, we must bring the whole story. To leave any part of the story out is to leave that piece out from under grace. At some point, you must go back and get everything that you try to leave out from under the chapters of grace. John 1:17 tells us that grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. “The glory of the law is the glory of realizing our deficiency. It reveals our sin before a holy God. How much more glorious is the grace of God which tells us we have a remedy for our problem! Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”[i] Mercy shows up whether we are a believer or not, but grace is a mindful connection to accepting what the presence of Christ will do in us. Grace is the result of the action of believing.
Grace is a story demanding to be told. It is the relationship where culture says the woman did not marry because she had no more dowry. She was broken and broke. She could not resolve the need for a relationship out of tradition or culture. The man who chose to be in a relationship with her represents grace. It was not profitable for him to take on a relationship with her. He gained nothing from it. The same way that this unknown man took a step down on the social ladder to take the hand of a woman he loved, so Jesus stepped down from glory to take our hand in grace.
Here is your 24K Leadership nugget – bring your whole story to grace and trust that its influence will transform your past to a bright future. Our legalistic and media-driven society prompts leaders to hide their faults, but grace says otherwise. Leadership does not come with a formula for becoming faultless. 24K Leadership knows that everything golden has gone through the fire.
[i] Bob Hoekstra. (n.d.) The grace of God. Retrieved from Blue Letter Bible Website at https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/hoekstra_bob/grace/grace02.cfm?a=998016