Focal Passage: John 4:39-54
How do you decide who to believe? Whether it is trying to decide who to believe when it comes to a sibling conflict or political rivals, there has to be some basis for making a decision of who to believe. It is definitely true when making decisions about religious beliefs, too. Why do you believe that Jesus has the power to save? In our scripture passage this week, we see reasons that people chose to believe that Jesus has the power to save.
The Samaritans believed at first “because of what the woman said when she testified” (John 4:39-42). Then, they believed “because of what He [Jesus] said.”
In Galilee, the Galileans believed “because they had seen everything He [Jesus] did in Jerusalem during the festival” (John 4:43-48). Then, a royal official believed because Jesus did what He said He would do (John 4:49-54).
One reason I choose to believe someone is when they have experienced what I need to know about. For example, if I want to know more about what to expect in my Mom’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, I go to my dear friend whose Mom has Alzheimer’s.
I can believe what she tells me, because she has experienced it. And, when we come to the time of life to plan our first wedding, I know exactly who I will go to for advice. The friends I am thinking of are the very ones who I can believe because of their personal experience and what I have seen them do.
So, why do you believe Jesus has the power to save? It is essential that you know, and know how to articulate it, because then you can influence others to believe in Jesus. As you go through this week, take the time to write down the reasons you believe Jesus has the power to save. Reflect on your personal experience and all the wonderful ways you have seen Jesus work miracles and do what He said He would do!
And then, pray that God will open doors of opportunity to share this knowledge and personal experience with others.