Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
John 4:40–42 (ESV): "40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 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 indeed the Savior of the world."
Testimonies are powerful tools God uses to pique the interest of the hearer. Saving faith comes through a personal encounter with Jesus. When we hear the Word speak to us directly that is when saving faith occurs.
Jesus always walked in the will of the Father even when it was out of His way. John tells us Jesus "had to pass through Samaria." There was a divine appointment for Him there. He met the Samaritan woman and her life was transformed by her encounter with Jesus at Jacob's well. She ran back into Sychar and told everyone what happened and they came out to see for themselves if Jesus was the Messiah. After hearing Him, they too believed!
When we share our story with others it will pique faith and God will use it to reveal Himself to them but at some point, one must have a personal encounter with Jesus. God doesn't expect us to live off of another man's story. He gives us our own through personal encounters. Share your story! God will use it to bring others to Himself. Amen?
Father, thank You for sending people in our path to pique our interest in you. May You use it to do the same in others' lives. Live through us Lord! Manifest Your glory through our daily lives and draw people to Yourself we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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