Truth is just the trickiest thing, isn’t it? We all like to tell the truth to others about their bad behavior. Honestly, sometimes we even avoid truth because it can be painful. We sure as heck don’t like it when someone points out our bad attitudes.
“I’ll take the blame now because it’ll be credit later,” said my hubby years ago in a moment when he had to stand up for what was right. We’ve been quoting him ever since.
Today, I want to point out one of my very favorite places in the Bible because it answers an important question.
Will we ever get the credit we deserve?
The answer is yes. And, also probably not.
First, the Woman at the Well brings all those people in her community to Jesus, thus forever changing the way they would think about literally everything. Pretty heady stuff, to change your community for good forever, right?
Somebody thought she deserved credit. I’ll bet they even suspected she wouldn’t get the credit she deserved. Yet, we’re still reading about her impact thousands of years later.
“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did,” from John 4:39.
That’s where it gets comical to me. The very people she brought made a point of telling her they believed, “not because of what you said,” but because they saw for themselves, from verse 42.
Fortunately, both are true. Of course, they believed because of Jesus’ own words. He always deals with us individually. Just as He invites us to be a part of the process collaboratively, too.
In a nutshell, here’s what we know about influence from John 4 and the Woman at the Well. First, nothing in our past disqualifies us. Second, we are qualified for influence if we are ready to recognize the Savior of the world.
If we condemn others, we disqualify ourselves. But if we share truth compassionately, then we become people of influence who plant seeds of freedom and joy in the lives of those we love.
Most significantly, like the Woman at the Well, Jesus seeks us out. Maybe today He has been seeking you and you kinda know it. Maybe you want to let go of past hurts. Put aside your tasks and just ask Him what His purpose for your life is. Maybe you need a Savior. Don’t we all? I know I do.
If you have never asked Jesus to be your Savior, it’s very easy to do so in a simple prayer.
If, like the Samaritans in John 4, you recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world, please tell someone today. I hope you know you’re loved and that you made the best decision of your life.
Cathy Primer Krafve, aka Checklist Charlie, lives and writes with a Texas twang. Contact her at CathyKrafve.com.