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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.