Share Your Story
Posted by: Stephanie Smith
This Is Us: Share Your Story
Focus Verse: Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4:39-42
I love listening in on the conversation at the well between the Samaritan woman and the Messiah in John chapter 4. It’s the woman’s approach that catches my attention, and brings to light the beauty (and efficacy) of how she defined and shared her story. It was a simple dialogue that began it for her – and then a simple dialogue that extended it from her heart to the hearts of others in her community – and then individual dialogues between the people of the town and the Messiah that catapulted them on their own journey with Jesus.
Honestly, the Samaritan woman’s model was not complicated; she merely asked questions that she didn’t have the answers to, she shared what she learned with others, and the others repeated the process. And the result? Many more believed (John 4:39). This seems like a great approach for us to replicate in our effort to share Jesus with Greater Portland. Big reveal: if you’ve taken the Starting Point class, you are already following this blueprint for defining and sharing your story!
Just like our Samaritan woman, participants in a Starting Point class meet up with Jesus at the well, so to speak, and are afforded the opportunity to ask all the questions they have. Every week there’s a conversation (a dialogue) that helps people piece together the information they have and the information they don’t have. Participants get to tell their story to the group; sometimes the story goes back a few years, but other times the story might have begun that very night. And yes, in turn, because of the testimony of the one who shares their story, others will begin their own dialogue with Jesus. Before the end of the eight weeks, there’s a virtual chorus of members singing, “we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world” (John 4:42). To God be the glory.
Your story is powerful and it’s a tale worthy of being told. It’s not only an important part of your own personal journey, but in telling it, many more may believe. Today, let’s endeavor to share Jesus with a thirsty community in the same simple fashion the Samaritan woman did: have a conversation about Jesus and ask all sorts of questions – share what you learn with others –encourage them to do the same. Repeat.