“The Woman’s Testimony” – by Bryan Johnston

    “Praise the Lord for woman of faith! The church is edified and the kingdom of God is advanced because of the ministry of our beloved saintly sisters in their service to the Lord. Jesus did the work of his father in heaven by sharing his life with the woman at the well. He showed up at a common place to share life and conversation with her. She was surprised that this Jewish man was fellowshipping with her, but after learning that he was a prophet she accepted his teaching. Upon hearing him reveal the truth of her life and offer her an invitation to a restored relationship of worship, she rushes home to her people to tell the good news. She becomes an instant evangelist saying, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:29).
 There are many in our lives and in our community who are ripe for the harvest. Like this woman they are desperate for truth and restoration. People are ready to hear the answers to the following questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Is God real? And does God care? As the body of Christ, we are the workers who know the truth of Jesus Christ. We are the workers who are called to go into the fields and to harvest a crop of believers. People today are ready for community, love, and support. Jesus said to his disciples, “Open you eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest” (John 4:35).
What would happen if we took to action, and witnessed to the good news of Jesus in our lives like the Samaritan woman did? What if we gave a testimony of how the Lord has revealed himself to us and restored our lives into a life of worship? What if in our service to Jesus our Lord we rejoiced? What if we proclaimed salvation and the forgiveness of sins that is found in our Savior Jesus Christ? What if we shared common life with the other like Jesus did with the woman at the well?
The woman testified to the Christ and many believed that Jesus is the Savior of the World. What would people say today through our testimony? Who is ripe and ready to hear from you today?
Bryan Johnston, preaching minister, North Bend Oregon USA Church of Christ. nbcoc@hotmail.com

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