DayBreaks for 02/18/13 – The Truth Testifies
What God just showed me on Sunday was why the Samaritan woman believed. It wasn’t because Jesus came to that town and started doing miracles (or signs, as John calls them). In fact, there’s no indication that he did any miracles at all while he was there, yet John 4:41 says that there were many there who heard him and believed. So, what was it that they heard?
It is pretty simple, really. What did Jesus tell the Samaritan woman? He told her the truth – the truth about herself and all she had ever done. That would be rather illuminating and thought-provoking by itself. Suppose that someone you had never met suddenly came to the curb out front of your home when you were in the yard working and they struck up a conversation with you. Before you know it, they are telling you where you were born, all about your parents and upbringing, where you went to school, what you did and thought – the good, the bad and the truly ugly. It would catch your attention, wouldn’t it? I know it would catch mine.
You see, all it takes is for Jesus to speak the truth and people respond. She wasn’t the only one who responded as the text makes clear. Their initial response was due to what the woman told them…and then they came and heard the truth for themselves…and about themselves. It led to faith.
What are we to do as Christians? We are simply to let the Truth speak through us. We are not to manufacture the truth, dodge the truth, color the truth or hold it back. We are to let Him, the Truth, speak through us to hearts that are open. How do we know which hearts are open? We don’t. Our job isn’t to make that determination, but simply to speak the truth that He has spoken to us and let the Truth do His work.
John 4:42 (NLT) – Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
PRAYER: May the Truth speak through us so that the world may know that “he is indeed the Savior of the world.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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