Picking Up the Word

The woman at the well in John chapter four is an amazing story. One of my favorites. Recently something caught my eye. At the very end of the story, in verse 39, many Samaritans believed because of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. Then they went to Jesus and urged Him to stay. Jesus ends up staying another two days. Because of that many more Samaritans believed.

But there is a change that takes place in verse 42.

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the World.”

What caught my eye was that some of the Samaritans believed because of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. Others believed because they heard for themselves. It also seems that the ones who originally believed in the woman’s testimony that their belief was strengthened because of the words of Jesus.

How many people believe in Jesus because of someone else’s testimony? How many people deepen their faith because they go and read the words of Jesus for themselves? Which question fits you the best?

We need people to share their stories of faith. If we want to grow into a deeper relationship with the Messiah then we need to be picking up the word so that we know the Word!