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.
Jesus is primarily interested in our freedom. He will break social customs and taboos to reveal the depth of His love toward humanity. He created a scandal because His grace is scandalous.
I wonder how often God has invited me to create a scandal, but I was too polite for Jesus.
I love that if we’re truly following Jesus, He will lead us into situations that we would normally avoid. He is demonstrating what love in His kingdom looks like. He leads us into conversations that we would normally dismiss and to people we would otherwise ignore. I also loved how effective she was even with little knowledge or training in evangelism. So often, I think I need to be more knowledgeable before I can be an effective witness. No, I just need to bear witness to my encounter with Jesus: "Come and see about a man..."
Yes, so challenging. Sometimes following Jesus can be terrifying, because we feel safe behind the invisible walls that society has created. But so often those walls aren't biblical and they're not from God. When we share our testimony, it is irrefutable. It's not about how we proved His existence - it's how we personally encountered the God who loves us. I pray to more fully believe that when I tell others of God and put His name on the line, that He will respond and defend Himself. He doesn't need me to defend Him, yet I act and think like that so often.