A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: For our First Graders learning about Communion.
Scripture: John 4:27-42
Key verse: 42 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 truly the Savior of the world.”
Reflection: Jesus begins his ministry in the Gospel of John with the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. On his way back to the Galilee area where he was from, Jesus stopped at a well in Samaria. This is in itself unusual because Jews intentionally avoided Samaria because of ancient animosities. Jesus not only spoke to the woman (not done in that day!) but had a theological conversation with her. She was blown away by her conversation with Jesus and ran home to tell her family and neighbors, saying, “Come and see this man… He can’t be the Messiah, can he?” The people of Samaria invited Jesus to stay with them (unheard of!) and were captured by his message.
It is one thing to hear someone else tell us about Good News. It is quite another to experience it for ourselves. But that is just what happened after the Samaritan women shared her story. The people of Samaria had a firsthand experience of Jesus, prompted by the woman’s excited invitation.
Sharing the Good News of Jesus is only one part of making disciples. We can tell about our experiences and share our excitement, but that is only the first step. To make disciples we have to invite others not only to hear our stories but to experience their truth for themselves. Our goal in telling our stories is to help others meet and get to know the one who met us. Secondhand faith will only take us so far. Firsthand faith gives us eternal life. Tell your story. Then invite others to come and see so they might meet the Messiah for themselves.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for accepting us and loving us. Help us to share with others the joy we find in relationship with you. Then, give us courage to invite them into that joy hearing for themselves the Good News that brings eternal life. In the strong name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].