Speaker: Josefa Firmacion
We continue to explore the meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well as a model of spiritual encounters. Last week, we learnt that it was by no accident that Jesus chose to travel through the land of Samaria. Nor was it an accident that Jesus chose to stop at that particular well at that particular time.
This week, we looked at how Jesus chose to engage in spiritual conversation with the Samaritan woman that changed her life forever. We learnt that Jesus shifted the conversation (see John 4:7-26):
This encounter is a great example of Paul’s instructions to the church of Colossae on how to interact with non-believers (see Colossians 4:6): “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
WHAT WILL YOU DO
Jesus went to that well to bring reconciliation to Samaria, starting with one sincere worshipper going out to fetch water. He saw her vulnerability and spoke to her grief. He did not walk the other way to avoid the region or avoid her past. Jesus assured the Samaritan woman that ultimately, worshippers of God can be found “in spirit and truth”, not Samaria or Jerusalem; in the “living water” of Jesus, not a mere well from Jacob. And this woman was so trusted by Jesus that He told her unequivocally that He was the Messiah.
Jesus gave the Samaritan woman the time and honour she deserved, and His encounter with her transformed the region. We can be ministers of hope and healing by learning from Jesus in this story.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6