“Jesus replied, ‘Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.’ 25 The woman said, ‘I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ 26 Then Jesus told her, ‘I am the Messiah!’ 27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, ‘What do you want with her?’ or ‘Why are you talking to her?’ 28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?’ 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.” (John 4)
I love the story of Jesus talking to the woman at the well. One major reason for my loving this story is Jesus did not care about where she was from; He simply cared about her need for salvation. She was a Samaritan (the Jews wanted nothing to do with the Samaritans) and a woman whom He was speaking to in public, and her reputation was undesirable as we can see in John 4:16-18, “‘Go and get your husband,’ Jesus told her. ‘I don’t have a husband,’ the woman replied. Jesus said, ‘You’re right! You don’t have a husband – for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!'” Jesus, The Living Word, the One who satisfies our hungry and thirsty souls, looked BEYOND her gender and her race, and He looked BEYOND her faults and saw her need. He saw a hungry and thirsty soul in need of salvation.
He had a conversation with her, and His words had such a deep effect on her to the point where she couldn’t contain herself, and she left her jar, ran back to the village, and told everyone what He told her. She told EVERYONE, and when she did, they had to find out for themselves. Jesus offered her Living Water, water that would quench her thirst.
There is more than enough of the Living Water to go around. We can take the example of the Samaritan Woman who in a matter of moments became like an evangelist telling everyone everything Jesus told her. She told her story, and they had to find out for themselves. Like her, those of us who have experienced the Love of Christ making a difference in our life and having received His forgiveness, we can share our testimony with those who are unbelievers.
Who knows! Maybe after you tell someone about Christ, the person may find him/herself saying, “I have to find out for myself.”
With all the Lord has done for us, doesn’t it make sense for us to share our testimony of salvation with others? We can see Christ Himself preached (Matthew 4:17), “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” How much more should we tell others about the love of Christ and about repentance and forgiveness of sin? If the love of Christ is so good for us, why would we not tell others about the love of Christ? Follow His example: He didn’t care what race or gender she was. He saw her need for a Redeemer.
Look beyond the outer appearance. We don’t decide who is worthy to hear the Gospel and say who will and won’t accept the Gospel. We are simply to witness to others and tell them the Good News.
May you have a blessed week, Everyone!
Linda A. Knowles
Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.