“Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…”
Proclaiming Our Hope
I think one of the things we can do is Christians is to ‘testify’ to God’s love for us. We can do that with our words, but we can also do that with our actions. How will the people at work know that God loves you?
-Br. James Koester
This week, we’re thinking about what it means to give testimony or testify to God’s love, in a sense to be God’s heart, God’s hands, God’s voice in the world. And I’m looking specifically at the story of the Samaritan woman in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John. I love this story because it’s both deeply encouraging to me and also a little terrifying. You’ll know the story. Jesus encounters the woman of Samaria at the well. He asks for some water, and they enter into this conversation. At one point, Jesus says, “Go and tell your husband,” and she says, “I have no husband,” and Jesus says, “You’re right you have no husband, you’ve had seven husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband.” A few moments later in the story, the woman goes into the city, and this is the part I find encouraging and terrifying. She says, “This man has told me everything I’ve ever done.”
Just imagine for a moment having somebody know everything you’ve ever done. That can be both encouraging and terrifying, but I find it mostly encouraging, because I think the point of this story is how much Jesus loved the woman. He loved her not in spite of everything she’d ever done, but I think because of everything she’d ever done. The woman went into the city and told everybody about Jesus. She testified to Jesus through her words, but she was really testifying to God’s love for her. “This man told me everything I’ve ever done, and he wasn’t ashamed or embarrassed, or rejected me.”
I think one of the things we can do is Christians is to ‘testify’ to God’s love for us. We can do that with our words, but we can also do that with our actions. So, this week, you might want to think of, “How can I testify to God? How can I proclaim God’s love for me, both in word but also in action?” How will the people at work know that God loves you? You might simply want to be kind to somebody who’s having a rough day. You might simply want to offer somebody a cup of coffee or a cup of tea or an ear. Simply being available to God, simply letting them know, in a sense, that you love them is one of the ways in which we can testify to God’s love for us.