The Journey with Ron Moore

Firsthand Meeting

John 4:39-42
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well was gentle, but truthful. He didn’t hesitate to confront her sin and explain that He was the Messiah — the One she had been waiting for. He was the One who would give her the significance and acceptance that she longed for.

The woman could not contain her newfound joy and freedom. She left the well and went back to tell everyone in her village about Jesus. They wanted to meet Him firsthand and when they heard His words “many more became believers.” They believed, not from the testimony of the woman, but because they heard from Jesus Himself.

Trusting in Jesus is not a secondhand experience. We don’t acknowledge Him as Savior through our parents, grandparents, or friends. We must meet Jesus intimately and live for Him personally. Have you met Jesus face to face? If not, He is waiting. It’s time to schedule the meeting.

Father, thank You for the powerful experience of knowing Jesus intimately and following Him wholeheartedly. Help me never to be satisfied with a secondhand spiritual experience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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