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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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.