Let’s Make It Personal – John 4: 39-42 ESV

17 Sep

Click here to read John 4: 39-42 (ESV)

Salvation is a personal thing. It is between you and God. I cannot say with 100% certainty whether you are saved or not. I can only look at the visible fruit in your life at any given time. The same is true for me. It’s why the Bible exhorts us to “examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith.”

Because it’s personal.

When the woman from the well ran into the town to tell everyone about Jesus, she already had a testimony. A very bad testimony. Everyone in the town knew who she was and what she was doing.

But she was about to get a new testimony. Her past deeds and mistakes were not going to be washed away, but they were going to be washed clean!

Now, I need to stop here and admit that there is no explicit statement in this passage that she became a believer. But I do believe that she did because she evidenced several outward characteristics of genuine conversion:

  • She sensed her need for forgiveness (She desired the Living Water – John 4: 15)
  • She had confessed her guilt (She stated He was a Prophet and was right about her – John 4: 19)
  • She recognized Jesus as the Messiah (Only the Messiah can answer these questions – John 4: 25)
  • She was showing fruit by bringing others to Jesus (She had received something wonderful and wanted to share it – John 4: 28-30)

Jesus had come to meet her personally and it is especially significant that her first impulse was to go and tell others about Jesus. The desire of new believers to proclaim their faith is a common experience. Some of the most zealous witnesses for Christ are brand new believers because their minds are fresh with the weight of their guilt and shame, and the exhilaration of being set free from it.

That was the case with this woman. The first thing she did was tell the men of the town that He had told her everything she ever did. Jesus had held her sin up to the light and compelled her to face who she really was. That she talked so freely about it shows that she had been liberated from the bondage of her guilt.

Her testimony had a great impact on the town, but Jesus had an even greater impact! Salvation became personal for the others in that town when they declared “It is no longer because of what you (the woman) said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Has it become personal for you?

If you need to make it personal, check this out then leave me a comment so I can follow up with you.

God wants it to be personal. That’s why we were created! That’s our purpose in life!

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Posted by on September 17, 2009 in Uncategorized


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