Scripture: John 4:27–42
Key verses: (27-30) Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah,[a] can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.
Reflection: As the disciples came into the center of town and saw Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman by the well, I wonder if they were really astonished. Was that a phrase added later to let the reader know that this was definitely a woman on the margin? Or were the disciples astonished that they were having such a long conversation. Jesus was not just listening but he was sharing his story. Jesus shows the Samaritan woman who he is. Jesus is the one in whose presence you know who you really are, even the parts you cannot see, both good and bad. In knowing our true identity, we find hope, life, possibility.
Jesus shows us who we are by revealing his identity as one who crosses boundaries, loves someone because of who they are and transforms lives. She cannot help but go and share this good news. This is the very first evangelist. A woman. A broken woman. Astonished?
This summer is a great time to be an evangelist. You can invite someone to church at any time, any day of the week! You can invite them to church or morning prayer. You can invite a neighbor or someone from across the country.
Our youth have been wrestling with the concept of radical hospitality this summer. We are all working on being fulling present, stretching our hearts to both family and new friends but extending an invitation to worship is hard. We do not want to impose our beliefs or cross a line but we also know our lives have been transformed through Christ. This is a time when many are searching for their true identity outside work, activity, sports or just being busy. As people of faith, we know that when we gather as the body of Christ, we know who we really are and in Christ we find a hope that is a strong foundation.
I gotta run…I have to go invite someone to morning prayers. What about you?
Prayer: God, we are overwhelmed by the depth of your love. Let us seek quiet places. Let us examine our hearts. Let us find strength and courage for change. Let us encourage one another to love and good deeds. Let us care for those in need and not hesitate to share the good news. Lead us, O God, in your way. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].