Scripture: (testimony of the Samaritan woman Jesus had met at the well). She said to them “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
Observation: The Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well was probably not the sort of person you would think could influence her village. As a woman with at least five former husbands, and living with another man who was not her husband, her life would have been considered scandalous. Jesus met her at the well at the hottest time of the day while he was passing through. Why would she wait until later in the day to get water? To avoid the other women who would have gotten their water in the morning, when it was much cooler. Other women likely looked down on her as unacceptable. I can imagine her hesitating to tell people what she’d seen for fear of being rejected. Who was she to bring news of the Messiah? She was a nobody. Worse that a nobody. Would they believe her? Nevertheless, as a result of her witness, her neighbors felt compelled to meet Jesus for themselves – and they were overjoyed. The Lord used a woman with a rugged past to bring good news to her village.
Application: Since I’m a pastor, there are times when people want to introduce me to their friends and family in hopes they might be open to hearing the gospel from me. I’m fine with that, but what people often fail to realize is they have influence with people in a way I never will. They have established credibility. They have history. They have relationship. God uses those things to open people to hear the gospel. Some of you today have persons in your midst you know need the love of Christ in their lives, but you’re afraid to approach them. Who are you to speak of spiritual things? What if you mess up? What if they ask you a question to which you don’t know the answer? What if they reject you? Our passage for today reminds us that the Lord calls people to himself via normal, flawed people like the woman at the well. Like you. Like me. Don’t let fear prevent you from blessing someone today.
Prayer: Lord, today you remind us that you use ordinary people to share good news. Give us grace to overcome our fears and insecurities that we might be used for your purposes. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.