Magnetized | John 4.28-30
So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him. John 4:28-30 | ESV
In the meantime the woman was out of there, her empty water jar rolling on the ground where she left it. She was making tracks to the village where she told everyone, “Come and see someone who told me everything I ever even thought of doing. This couldn’t be God’s Chosen Leader – the Messiah, could it?” And soon the whole village was making tracks and heading towards Jesus. MAV
Another powerful “come and see” moment: The drawing power of one encounter, one conversation.
She had gone from husband to husband, man to man, well to well. And this time, on this day, on this trip to the well for water she meets Him. And now the water jar she had no doubt carried on her head or shoulder day after day lies empty and spinning in the dust. I see her leaving like a cartoon character disappearing in a flash, leaving a cloud of dust. She’s the woman who unexpectedly stumbled across treasure hidden in a field. She’s the merchant seeking fine pearls who just happened upon the ultimate pearl of great price. She’s the woman who lost one of her ten coins, and sifting through the dirt floor of her life she just felt that coin with her fingers, and now she has to gather all her friends and neighbors to share the find; to share her joy in the find. She’s the four lepers of old.
Syrians were besieging Samaria – a story unfolding centuries before this unnamed woman of Samaria, but right in her backyard. The city was starving, the people were dying. And four lepers holed up by the entrance to the city gate decide to make a run for it. “We’ll die if we stay here, so we might as well try our luck with the Syrians. Maybe they’ll show us mercy and give us some food. But if not, then we’ll just be dead a little sooner.” So out they go. And nobody’s home. The camp is abandoned, the Syrian tents, empty. The lepers start going from tent to tent, eating and collecting their own personal stash, their own take away from this good fortune. But then they have an epiphany: “This is a day of good news, and we’re squandering it on ourselves. We must go share this with the king!” So back to the city they go, reporting to the king – who immediately suspects a trap. But sure enough, what the king thought was too good to be true was in fact true – and the cynical gatekeeper who said this could never happen ended up trampled to death as people ran through the gate to plunder the camp (read the whole story in 2 Kings 7:1-20).
“This is a day of good news.” That’s what the Samaritan woman saw. And like the lepers she had to run and share with everyone else – even though she really had nothing more to say than, “Come and see.” What is evangelism? What is Gospel? In the final analysis it’s one leper beggar telling other leper beggars where to find bread.
And you thought we had to memorize a whole set of answers or something…
When most recently were you so blown away by a God-encounter that you simply had to share it with someone? What happened? What happened when you shared?
Lord, give me eyes to recognize in this day a “day of good news” and free me to share it in healthy, spontaneous, joyous, and helpful ways with others. Rewrite my own perceptions of what “evangelism” is. Help me to see that all I am doing in word and deed is sharing bread and water with people who are, like me, quite literally, starving for it. Through Jesus.