“The Impoverished Ministry of Jesus”

“The Impoverished Ministry of Jesus”



     The well

is deep”—and even a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew (4:11)!

Think of the depths of human nature and human life; think of the depth of the

“wells” in you. Have you been limiting, or impoverishing, the ministry of Jesus

to the point that He is unable to work in your life?


that you have a deep “well” of hurt and trouble inside your heart, and Jesus

comes and says to you, “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:1).

Would your response be to shrug your shoulders and say, “But, Lord, the well is

too deep, and even You can’t draw up quietness and comfort out of it.”

Actually, that is correct. Jesus doesn’t bring anything up from the wells of

human nature—He brings them down from above. We limit the Holy One of Israel by

remembering only what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past, and also by

saying, “Of course, I cannot expect God to do this particular thing.” The thing

that approaches the very limits of His power is the very thing we as disciples

of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We impoverish and weaken His ministry in

us the moment we forget He is almighty. The impoverishment is in us, not in

Him. We will come to Jesus for Him to be our comforter or our sympathizer, but

we refrain from approaching Him as our Almighty God.


reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed

to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and

experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ. When we

get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, “Of

course, He can’t do anything about this.” We struggle to reach the bottom of

our own well, trying to get water for ourselves. Beware of sitting back, and

saying, “It can’t be done.” You will know it can be done if you will look to

Jesus. The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look

away from yourself and to look toward Him.


Discuss some ways that Jesus can work in our lives,

if we will just let Him.