Read John 4
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 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 4:39-41).
The woman hurriedly shared with her friends, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done!” (emphasis mine). Did her friends know what she had done? Or was she hiding her relationships, defeated by the shame of her actions? Was she finally choosing God’s healing over her hiding? What made her suddenly decide to talk about it?
Years ago, we made a financial decision that obligated us to potential repayment. It’s more complicated than it seems, but years went by, and I never heard anything about the repayment, thinking that they would not ask for the money to be paid back. This Fall a letter came. The company finally demanded payment. I had no idea what to do. For days I suffered under the weight of the debt that after all this time would indeed have to be repaid. I was embarrassed. I wondered, “How had I missed this?” I felt shame that this was now coming back. I didn’t want to talk about it, and I suffered with anxiety for days. I finally shared the situation with a select few, and after much urging, I contacted the company.
I was distracted through the day, waiting to hear their decision. I received a call with the news. The debt had been forgiven. All of it.
After that phone call, my anxiety disappeared, my shoulders were lighter, and you know what I discovered? I wanted to talk about it. I wanted to share my excitement with friends! I had a debt that was now gone. Someone else was responsible for forgiving it, and I was ready to share the news about the person who helped remove it from my account.
And then…the realization. The woman at the well wanted to talk about it because Christ had offered her hope in His return. She wanted to talk about it because the weight was lifted. There was no more need to hide her shame and pain.
Do I talk about Christ in the same way with the people around me? Do I share the exciting news that ALL my debt has been paid? Or have I lost that urgency to share the truth of the Gospel? I pray for the urgency to share the truth of Jesus Christ, that He alone can provide complete forgiveness. I pray to be able share what Christ has done for me.