John 4:27-42 (ESV)
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 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.”
In this passage, Jesus spends some time with the Samaritan woman at the well and she quickly becomes an effective witness to her village. She was so enthusiastic about her encounter with Jesus that she left her water jar so that she could get back to town, tell everyone about what she experienced and invite them to come see Jesus for themselves.
This example of an unlikely witness shows three attributes that made her an effective witness: 1) enthusiasm, 2) a willingness to share her experience with others, and 3) a willingness to invite others to come to Jesus.
During this Lenten season, let’s examine our lives to see how we can become more effective witnesses to Christ.
Father, fill us with enthusiasm for the gift of eternal life that you have given us so that, like the woman at the well, we can’t wait to tell others about Christ. Amen.