It is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) The Christian life is God’s work in which we become involved. The problem is that we can become so interested in what we are...
Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony. John 4:39
Not only does this woman come to believe, but on that same day she also becomes the means by which others come to believe!
But it didn’t end there. Many Samaritans from the town of Sychar, who had believed because of what the woman told them, asked Jesus to stay longer. Jesus stayed for two days and, as a result, “many more believed because of his word” (4:41).
After they believed, they came back to the woman and said, “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!” (4:42). That is as clear a statement of faith in Jesus as you could ever hope to hear.
This is a remarkable transformation! A woman who does not know Jesus, does not know what God could give her, has not asked of or received anything from God becomes—in a single day—a woman who has been so captivated by Jesus Christ that she begins telling others about him. She talks to people that she has known her entire life (with freedom and joy) about what she has found in Jesus, and becomes the means by which many come to know the Savior of the world!
Maybe you relate to this woman. You are where she was. You are trying to figure out what grace is, who Jesus is, and how you can receive what he offers. This story is full of hope for you.
What do you think Jesus is able to do in the life of a person who starts out far from faith, far from hope, and far from joy?