Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
John 4:27-38 (CSB)
The woman at the well was someone who wanted to hide, to avoid others. She was living a story of shame, but Jesus came and sat with her, talked with her, and brought her life into the light. He didn’t do this to expose her but to free her from the shame and release her into new life. For a woman who didn’t want to be seen, she was seen by Jesus. For a woman who wasn’t known for who she was, she was known by Jesus. Her story was forever changed, and she was bursting at the seams to tell everyone about it.
When our lives are changed, when God’s kingdom breaks through in our lives, in big and small ways, we say to others, “Come and see!” Our testimony awakens others to seek and find, and when one seed bears fruit, it leads to a harvest.
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