John 4:39-42

Her life was a broken record of failed relationships. She was shunned within her own village. This was saying something considering her people were considered half-breeds who worshipped God incorrectly. Her classification within society was one of the shunned even within the ranks of the shunned. Yet God chose her as His messenger. 

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. 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.” – John 4:39-42, ESV

The woman Jesus met at the well went back to her village and told them what she had heard and seen. She wasn’t a trained evangelist. She wasn’t an educated minister. No one would have picked her to teach Sunday school or to lead any sort of ministry. She was a sinner, one who was in the midst of her sin until she met Jesus. Yet she was the messenger and her impact was enormous. Through her words, many Samaritans heard enough to believe. They asked Jesus to stay longer. This permitted Him to share more, bringing even more people to faith. 

We are to grow in faith. We are to grow in knowledge of Scripture and of God. We aren’t supposed to continue drinking milk but move on to more solid spiritual food. However, wherever we are on that growth scale, we can be used by God. The Samaritan was a new convert. She wasn’t trained. She hadn’t attended an evangelism course. Yet she was effective. She was effective because God worked through her. Therefore, we can be just as useful. 

Don’t doubt God. If God calls you to reach out to someone, trust that He will do what needs to be done. Don’t let your inexperience be a stumbling block to responding to God’s call. God can use us where we are if we are willing. We just have to be willing. He will do the rest. 


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