Scripture: John 4:1-42
Observation: Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well and begins talking to her, which was taboo in their culture since Jews and Samaritans didn’t usually interact. He asks for a drink of water, and they begin a conversation where he calls out her specific sin and later reveals himself as the Messiah. She runs back to her village and tells everyone she knows that she’s met the Son of God. In turn, they beg Jesus to stay and teach them.
Application: “Have you heard about _________?”
“Have you seen __________?”
“Wait, please tell me you love ____________, too.”
When we find something – or someone – we love, we have to tell others about it. We’re constantly telling people about things we’ve seen, heard, eaten, and just can’t get enough of. (If you spend about five minutes with me, I guarantee you I’ll ask you if you’ve been watching “This Is Us” or know anything about the Enneagram. I’m shamelessly obsessed with both lately.)
This woman did the same thing so many of us do. As soon as she realized that she had met Jesus – the Messiah, the Son of God, the One they had been waiting for – she left her water jar and ran back to the village, telling everyone:
“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (v. 30)
When she encountered Jesus, she left everything and ran to tell others.
When we encounter Jesus, what is our response?
So often, I think we assume that the stories in the Bible are just that – stories that aren’t really applicable to us today. We assume that the people we read about are more qualified or spiritual or wired differently than us. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This woman at the well? She’s just like us. In fact, many of us would probably claim she’s worse than us – in this short exchange with Jesus, we find out that she had five (yes, five!) husbands and isn’t even married to the man she’s living with now. This woman isn’t “pure” or “holy” by any worldly definition of the words.
And that’s exactly what makes her response so revolutionary. She didn’t tell others about Jesus because she was perfectly qualified. She told others about Jesus because in a single moment, her life was changed. She brought her brokenness to the only one who could heal, and so she told everyone she knew: “You gotta meet this guy!”
When is the last time you had a “you gotta meet this guy” moment? When did you run to the people you know and love telling them about the life-giving, saving power of Jesus Christ?
Prayer: God, I pray for a “you gotta meet this guy” spirit. I pray I’ll unashamedly share who you are and what you’ve done whenever there is an opportunity. I pray I’ll proclaim your name just like this woman at the well. Amen.