Date: Wednesday, June 18
Scripture: John 4:27-30, 39-42
Verse: The woman put down her water jar and went into the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who has told me everything I’ve done! Could this man be the Christ?” (John 4:28-29)
Many of us, whenever we respond first with guilt. We know it is something we ought to be doing more often, but we are nervous about the whole thing. Our minds start spinning: “What will people think? What if I cannot answer their questions? I don’t think I have been faithful enough to tell anyone else about Jesus.”
Today’s reading is a portion of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. You may remember she was one who came to draw water in the heat of the day, probably because she was tired of having others whispering their disapproval of her marriages and current living situation to one another. After her conversation with Jesus, who calls her out on the way she has been living, she cannot help but talk about it. This one who wanted to hide, suddenly runs into town and starts talking to everyone. Notice, though, she doesn’t try to convince anyone of anything, she doesn’t try to build herself up as one who is special, and she already knows what people think of her, so that is not an issue. All she does is tell them about what happened to her and how Jesus made her feel. This is enough to get them to go investigate Jesus for themselves and find he is “truly the savior of the world” (John 4:42).
In yesterday’s devotion we talked about our need to allow our mountaintop experiences to filter into the rest of our lives. Today we recognize this includes sharing them with others. I like that the Bible calls this witnessing. A witness is one who tells others what they saw or experienced. It is then left to a jury to make decisions from there. Our evangelism can be much the same, simply talking about what Jesus has done for us, as this woman did, then letting others find out more about Jesus and have their own encounter with him, as the townspeople did. Our goal is to have the courage to get up from our experience of Jesus and tell others what he has done for us.
Prayer: Give me the courage, O God, to share my experience of Jesus, so others will know what you have done in me. Use my witness to bring others to you. Amen.
Action: Resolve that the next time you feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to talk about your faith, that you will follow through and share what your relationship with Jesus means to you.
Respond: Who told you about Jesus? Why was their witness so effective for you?
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