Daily D – John 4:42
And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, since we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”
JOHN 4:42 (CSB)
There is a significant shift here from a firsthand testimonial to a firsthand faith. The woman at the well shared her transformational tale and others were able to examine the evidence for themselves. They moved from questioning observers to active investigators to full-fledged followers.
As Seven Sons of Sceva would learn sometime later (Acts 19:13-17), secondhand faith is not worth much when push comes to shove.
This makes you wonder, doesn’t it, how many people who call themselves Christians have a firsthand faith, and how many instead give assent to the faith of their fathers and mothers and grandparents and friends without a true commitment of their own.
Our Father in heaven will sort that out one day (See Matthew 25:31-46). The question of the moment is, “Do I know Jesus because of what someone else has said and experienced, or is my faith due to a firsthand encounter of my own?”
This is one of life’s ultimate questions. It is the question one dare not cross into eternity without having known and experienced the right answer. We considered the thought recently of whether we are fans of Jesus or followers. Is our faith a secondhand story or a firsthand reality?
A new season is upon us. This is a good time to make a lasting transition from interested observer to wholehearted follower of Jesus. What’s stopping you? What could be more important than the most important decision of your life?
When you open your heart to Jesus, who also will give their lives to him? Many others may come to know and experience Jesus in firsthand encounters because of your firsthand testimonial.
I will know and experience Jesus and help others do the same.
Our Father, may others see the firsthand effects of knowing Jesus in my life. May they be drawn to you because of what they see. May they see more of Jesus and less of me. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.