Lesson Fourteen | Devotion #6: Samaritan Woman
Sierra Combs | Women’s Ministry Director
Yesterday I had coffee with a friend who is a new believer. We meet every week to study and discuss some of the main fundamentals of our faith in Christ, and it is an absolute joy for me to see her learn and grow in God’s Word. After we finished our lesson, we got to chatting about how we can share Christ with others. She shared with me that she has someone very close to her who is sick with cancer, and she does not know Jesus. She knows ‘of’ Jesus, she knows some of His teachings, but she does not believe that He is the ONLY way to be saved. “I think you are her person” was the first thing that came into my head and out of my mouth. My friend was silent and quietly flipped through a prayer journal that she kept and showed me what she wrote that same morning, “I think I am her person.”
Do you not love it when God uses us to do His work? In this case, my job was simply to encourage a friend. God was already nudging her in a specific direction and then sent me in to nudge her again. Her job is to plant the seed in her loved one’s heart that Jesus is the Messiah, and pray that one day soon that seed will blossom. Of course, my friend wants nothing more than to see that happen, but as we talked, I could see the worry on her face. Worry screamed, “I am not equipped for this!” and “how could God use me for such an important job? I barely know the basics!” Have you ever felt like this? I know I have! But one thing that I am often reminded of is that God equips those He calls, and He loves to use the ordinary underdogs to change the world.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 4, we are introduced to a Samaritan woman. The Samaritans were considered “half-breeds,” part Israelite part foreigner, and were universally hated by the Jews. In verse 6, we find her at a well when Jesus happens upon her. Now not only was she a Samaritan and a woman, but she was also a woman with a pretty bad reputation, known to be living in sin. No respectable Jewish man would ever talk to such a woman, but Jesus did. Does that not just sound like Him? He was and is always breaking barriers and social norms to reach those that He loves, reminding us that the Gospel is for EVERYONE! Jesus asks the woman for a drink, which confuses her: “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (John 4:9). He then goes on to tell her that while that well offers physical water, He offers “living water.” In verse 14 Jesus says, “Whoever drinks of the water…will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” It took a few minutes of conversing with Jesus for her to understand what He was talking about, but when she got it, she knew she wanted to tell everyone about it! She immediately dropped her water jug, ran to town, and told others about Jesus, urging them to come and talk with Him.
As Christians, we are called to share the Gospel with others. Perhaps just like my friend, God has placed a specific person or group of people on your heart to be “their person.” Maybe you are fearful that you do not have the adequate tools to go to work. Maybe you feel embarrassed by things that you have done in the past, wondering why anyone would ever listen to someone like you. But look at the Samaritan woman! She immediately dropped her baggage and told everyone she knew about Christ, despite her background, despite her reputation, despite her lack of knowledge. See what happens. “Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony…And many more believed because of His word. 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 indeed the Savior of the world.’” (John 4:39-42).
Be encouraged. Plant those seeds. Tell others about Christ and let His words do the watering. The harvest is ripe!