“Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah? ” They left the town and made their way to Him. Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of what He said. And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”
John 4:28-30, 39-42
The woman who Jesus talked to at the well abandoned her water jug-her very reason for being there, and ran back to her village! She spoke to the men (presumably those at the gates of the city– traditionally the wise men of the village–again a break in social protocol, where women, particuarly women of ill repute, didn’t speak to men in public view. So excitedly she says to them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?” Because of her boldness and enthusiasm, the men, in fact almost the whole village, believed her and ran out to the well to meet Jesus (vs 40). They believed on the basis of her story that Jesus had “told her everything she ever did”. Though everything she ever did created some ackwardness for the woman (vs 18), it also convinced her Jesus was way more than ordinary, in fact God-like enough that she was convinced (correctly) that He was the awaited Messiah!
She enthusiastically told her story and consequently her whole village believed too and even asked Jesus and His disciples to stay with them awhile.
So Jesus stays in the village, along with His disciples for 2 more days and as a result the people of the village told the women who invited them to Jesus, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.” (vs 42) Because of the story or testimony from a woman with a bad reputation, a whole town was forever changed.
So here’s the deal! God’s not looking for perfect people–He’s looking to save broken people!
The woman was not educated and didn’t have a good name in town. She was not rich or influential. She had a simple story about the Jesus whom she believed to be the Messiah, what He had said to her and about the Living Water He offered her that would be eternal! ALL she had was her simple story, told with excitement!
What’s your stary of what Jesus has done for you? Your enthusiastic story or testimony could change someone’s life. It might change to whole town too!
Think about it!