Read John 4; 1 John 5
The woman left her water jar beside the well 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?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him (John 4:28-30).
Initially, I was struck by the fact that when the woman shared with her friends, she shared just a single line with a simple question: “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” What a simple statement to tell her friends about Christ. There was no complicated story that accompanied her comment, no theological discussion, and no need to beg her friends to come with her. Her brief statement of what happened with this Man opened the door to the place her friends were staying, and her friends quickly followed her to meet Jesus.
For weeks I have wrestled with this idea: “Could I share my story in one simple sentence about God’s story? Am I prepared?” Certainly I’m not suggesting minimizing God’s work in your life. But if you were to start a conversation with people you knew, and the topic happened to turn to Christ, what would you say in only one sentence?
So here’s a small activity for you today: When you think about where God has you, what is the theme that stands out to you? Would your statement center around grace, faithfulness, forgiveness, or mercy? This short statement could be just the thing someone needs to hear. By sharing your story simply, the door could then be opened to share more of what Christ has done for you, giving you the opportunity to share God’s story.
The woman at the well was deliberate in her statement, and it convinced her friends to leave the task at hand to see who she was talking about. They wanted to understand for themselves. Her statement led many Samaritans to believe in the Messiah that day: “Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world’” (John 4:41-42). Her story opened the door for God’s story, allowing Christ to enter the world of many others.
Where God has you is where Jesus is, and the explanation doesn’t have to be complicated. I gave some thought to my simple statement, and I wanted to share it with you: He offers grace when I am completely undeserving.
Today, I pray for opportunities to invite people into conversations about Jesus where God has me.