The disciples were surprised at what they saw. Jesus was talking with a Samaritan woman, breaking several social taboos. Yet, they remained silent. I’m sure God had something to do with that that. Meanwhile, leaving Jesus temporarily, the woman was anything but silent.
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?” 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?” – John 4:27-29, ESV
Likely she was at the well at noon instead of the early morning because she wanted to avoid social contact. After all, she wasn’t thought well of considering she had married multiple men and the man she was currently with wasn’t married to her. Yet, despite the probable scorn and derision, she went to tell the village about Jesus. She invited them to see Jesus.
We often find reasons not to share our faith. We point to our past and say we aren’t acceptable messengers. However, God’s forgiveness of our past is a powerful message to testify to. Maybe, we are introverts who say it’s too painful to share. While the pain is real, it isn’t too painful. Certainly it’s no painful than what this woman potentially faced.
We must share. Jesus was tired. He was weary. He was thirsty. He could have cited all these reasons to just rest and not reach out to the woman. He didn’t use those reasons. He reached out. He committed Himself. And as a result, there was a breakthrough.
Given both the woman’s and Jesus’ actions despite their conditions, we have a responsibility to do the same. Any reasons we present aren’t reasons; they are excuses. We cannot hold back on sharing. We must tell the good news of Jesus Christ.
Note also how both shared. Jesus approached her kindly. She went back to the village excitedly. This wasn’t a time to beat people up for doing things wrongly. It wasn’t a moment to establish moral superiority. Rather, each took the opportunity to present their news in a gentle way. We are reminded in Scripture that this the appropriate means. So let us share, but let us share gently, of the good news of Jesus Christ.