“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.’”
I have always admired people who can openly share their testimony with others. Many of these people detail the tragedy and struggles that have marked their life, and boldly proclaim the impact Christ has on their life. In the moment, I am so captivated by the valleys they have walked through and strength it took to overcome such obstacles. After they have finished, I look at this individual in a different light. While I admire this person’s strength, my attention then shifts to the power of the Christ within this person.
John 4 tells us of the conversation Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well. At the end of their conversation, the woman leaves the well and shares her testimony with others. “Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’” (John 4:39)
If you stop there in the story, you miss the part where Christ is magnified. It is not through OUR testimonies that others are saved. We are a means to share the way, but we are not the hero of this story. JESUS IS.
The next few verses tell us, "So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed two days. And many more believed because of His message. They said to the woman, 'We now believe not only because of your words; we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man truly is the Savior of the world.'" (John 4:40-42)
No matter how beautiful and life changing our testimony is, others must experience the saving power of Christ within the context of their own life on a personal level! Looking at our testimonies this way took a huge amount of pressure off me. I no longer had to share my story in the perfect way but had the freedom to be imperfect and openly vulnerable. Our testimonies are to point others in Christ’s direction, but only the power of the Holy Spirit can change their hearts. Instead of feeling pressured to have the perfect testimony, I am free to point to the Creator and not myself.
We are called to be like the Samaritan people in this story and come to Him. Come to His word daily and seek a firsthand relationship with Him. I now look for examples of God’s character in each person’s testimony. Through reading His word, I can know these characteristics well and can readily point them out. His goodness, mercy, kindness, and love for us as His children. I would encourage you to do the same. Come to Him. He wants to reveal himself to you personally through his word.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for a firsthand relationship with you. I marvel at the work you have done within others, and the miracles you have manifested in their lives. You run after each one of us, and I pray we can freely experience the life you want for each of your children. Thank you for your work on the cross, and your desire for relationship with us. Amen.
Suggested Reading: 1 John 1