I read the story of the Samaritan woman in the bible and it got me thinking. I tried to leave the place and move to other verses but I couldn’t move on, I had to stay on the verses and think about them. What is it about the woman that got me thinking? That’s what I want to show you right now, hope you’ll stay on and read through.
The Samaritan woman was living in adultery, you can call her an adulteress for living with a man who was not her husband. This woman has had five husbands according to Jesus, and as at the time of their dialogue with Jesus was living with another man who was not her husband; all these, Jesus knew. To her, Jesus was a stranger, but she was stunned by His knowledge of her even though they have never met before that day, and no one had told Jesus about her. Jesus told this woman all about her life, and instead of her becoming ashame of herself, this woman left her water pot and ran to the city telling men to come see a man who told her all about her.
A right thinking person would say this woman is shameless and senseless, but can any real right thinking person say the woman is shameless and senseless? How do you define shamelessness and senselessness? This woman had an encounter with Jesus, and it is never possible to have an encounter with Jesus and remain the same or be quiet. If you call this woman shameless woman, she was shameless for Jesus, which I love and would love to be shameless for Him too; if you call her senseless, she was senseless for Jesus, and I also would love to lose my senses for Him.
Here’s what the bible says in John 4:16-19, 25-26, 28-30 KJV:
Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
This woman was neither senseless nor shameless, do you know why? She encountered Christ. There’s something about encounter with Christ which changes a man or a woman and gives him or her a new mindset and courage. Before her encounter with Christ, this woman was living a shameful lifestyle, but the moment she encountered the very life Himself, she immediately forgot all her former life and focus on Jesus. The thoughts of Christ had dominated her thinking and she could not discuss any other thing other than Jesus. She has heard the words of life from Jesus and all she could talk about was Jesus, so she forgot about her adulterous life and focus on Jesus, that’s what encounter does to a man or a woman, it makes him or her a new person with a new way of thinking, and unashame for Jesus.
Have you had an encounter with Jesus? If yes, how much has your encounter with Him changed you? Many of us are still overwhelmed by our challenges even though we said we are born again, what we talk about every time are our problems and challenges, we talk about how difficult things are, and how strong the devil has been in making things work against us; does these show we’ve had encounters with Jesus? Do you know something? No man can have an encounter with Jesus and remain the same: a genuine encounter will change you, change your focus, change your thinking, change your situation, and turn your life around; just think about the people in the bible who were changed by encounters. This woman we are talking about here, few minutes before she met Christ was an adulterous woman, but suddenly she became an evangelist, the first woman evangelist in the bible to go announce Jesus – she announced Jesus before Mary: hers was before the death of Jesus, Mary’s own was after His resurrection. Perhaps, before coming out that day to go to the well, everyone in the city was relating and looking at her with disdain, but suddenly, she came to the city with good news they all have been waiting for for years and no one could remember her past to mock her, they all came out to see the Messiah she came to announce to them.
Do people still talk you down, do they look at you with derision and treat you wrongly? This would continue until you have an encounter with the Christ. You need to know this, no one in this life can be effective for Christ even as a minister or a preacher without an encounter with Jesus. Encounter made Abraham the Father of many nations; encounter made Isaac prosperous in famine; encounter changed Jacob’s name from Jacob to Israel, a nation, and made him the strongest nation in the world; encounter made Moses a great prophet of God, and a God to Pharaoh; encounter made David the greatest king in the history of the nation Israel; encounter made all the prophets in the Old Testament great men of God; encounter made Solomon the wisest king in his days; encounter made the apostles fearless and church builders; encounter changed Saul of Tarsus from the persecutor of God’s people to the prince of the apostles. Think about all the people who had different issues when Jesus walked the earth, how meeting Jesus turned their lives around and change their situations and stories.
How hungry are you for an encounter with God? Encounter is you meeting Jesus, and knowing Him in truth – having a personal revelation of who He really is, what He has done for you, and made you, because the more you know Him, the more you know you, and what you can be or do. Encounter cannot be imparted, that means it cannot come from any man of God, but they can be instrumental in the process by helping you draw your attention to Jesus, make you desire Him more than anything else, and press hard after Him to know Him in truth.
Let’s go this way now;
Are you genuinely born again, and as a born again Christian, do you still feel comfortable moving with your former friends that you lived the wrong life together with before you were saved? Do you still do those shameless things secretly? Can anyone who sees you say that this person has truly encountered Christ?
Do you say you are born again but ashamed to talk about Jesus or do not want to be identified with Him? That’s enough proof that you’ve not truly encountered Him. If you encounter Jesus in truth, you will never be ashame of Him, and you will never be able to keep yourself from talking about Him. That adulterous woman wasn’t ashamed to talk about Jesus even know she knew Jesus knows all about her.
Some of you say you are born again but those around you can’t really see any difference between you and them because you still hangout together, have fun together, do things together but yours secretly, and nothing about you is making them judge their wrong way of living; that’s enough proof that you have no light in you or your light has grown dim, so you are not a light that would expose darkness around you, because wherever light is, it always makes manifest, and no darkness can survive around it.
Don’t be too intelligent to not be identified with Jesus; Don’t be too smart to hide your salvation; Don’t be too wise to hide your salvation story, it is better to be a fool in the eyes of men and be that man that Jesus is pleased with than to appear smart, intelligent, and wise before men and be useless for Jesus. Remember what the bible says, it says;
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 KJV
God doesn’t call smart people to salvation, He doesn’t choose wise men, and is never interested in strong men, He is always out looking for the weak, the foolish, and the unintelligent; if you have been called to salvation, you are one of the people the world sees as weak, fool, and unintelligent, so remain one for Him because that is only when you can be useful for Him. God bless you.
Pastor Abraham David.