Revive Our Faith
John 4:27-42 NIV
Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him. (John 4:27-30)
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.” (John 4:39-42)
After Jesus revealed to the Samaritan woman that He was the Christ, the Samaritan woman went back to the town and told the people that she could have met the Messiah. Many people made their way out of town to meet Jesus because of her testimony.
The Samaritan woman seemed to have become a different person after meeting Jesus. Her faith had a revival. Her excitement in discovering the Christ dispelled her insecurity in speaking to people. Jesus didn’t ask her to tell her people or bring a crowd; he only asked her to bring her ‘husband’. Not only did she tell her ‘husband’, she told the people of her town too.
John mentioned twice in his account that the woman said, “He told me everything I ever did.” It was something that impressed her deeply, and she went on and on telling others about what the Messiah did. Her persuasion, and her obvious and sudden change in personality, convinced the people to make their way to see Jesus.
She left her water jar at the spot where she met Jesus and went back to her town to tell her people. Maybe she wanted Jesus and his disciples to wait for her to return. Or perhaps she was so excited to go and tell others about Jesus that she forgot about it. Or maybe she wanted to move fast, to as many people as possible, and the water jar would have been a hindrance. Whatever the reason was, Jesus and his disciples waited for her return, and she came back with a crowd.
How excited are we in talking to others about Jesus? Do the joy we’ve received after Jesus changed our lives inspire us to share the good news with others? What is the experience with Jesus that you’re most excited to share about? Jesus’ words have incredible effects on my life. His words cleansed me and he gives me a new hope everyday to wait for my day of judgment.
What is stopping us from sharing our faith in Jesus? The Samaritan woman could have had excuses because of what she did in the past, but Jesus revived her faith. Her insecurity melted away when she found Christ. If Jesus accepted her despite her past life, he will accept us too. We are not sharing with others about us; it is about Jesus and how he has saved us.
We should not feel obligated to share our faith in Jesus, as I don’t think God wants us to feel that way. But if we aren’t excited in sharing our faith in Jesus, we should reflect on the reason why we aren’t as enthusiastic anymore about Jesus or the living water that God gives us. A revival in our quiet time with God is a definite must. Let’s meet Jesus to revive our faith. He wants to refresh us daily.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.