John 4:42 39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in (Jesus) because of the woman’s testimony (referring to the Samaritan woman at the well), “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, 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.”
It’s interesting to me that some believed in Jesus based solely on the woman’s testimony while others not before hearing Jesus’ message first hand. God used both to draw people to Jesus.
As a pastor I am called to tell Jesus’ story more often than most people. I do so within the formal setting of weekend worship services and also in more informal settings throughout the week. Over the years I’ve learned to rely on both my own faith story – and the faith stories of others – to bring the gospel to people needing to hear it.
I’m also learning that my personal faith story should change over time. If my story relates mostly to experiences from several years ago it’s time for an update. That’s one of the things I’m praying about these days. Where have I seen the Lord Jesus showing up in my life and in the world around me over these last awful months of pandemic? Lord open the eyes of my heart to see you. Amen.