One of the most important truths that Christians fail to realize is that there is a divine plan. Make no mistake in your thinking. God has a plan for you, individually and corporately. His plan is so awesome that He has even told us that His thoughts are not like ours and neither are His ways like our ways. (Isa 55:8).
I was reading in John, Chapter 4, about the meeting at the well between Jesus and the woman from Samaria. As Jesus was on His way to Galilee, this stop was not a side trip. It was part of a divine plan. When reading the scriptures you will find that Jesus knew who and what was going on around Him, even His betrayal. So, this meeting was a strategic part of the growth of His ministry.
Jesus knew who could be used to win a city. It did not matter that she was a Samaritan. So much can be said about this encounter. One question is why was she the only woman at the well? Was it her lifestyle that stopped the other women from associating with her? Even the conversation with Jesus gives insight into her attitude. Although she did not fully understand the importance of this encounter, she wanted the water that Jesus had. “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” (John 4:15). She never wanted to come to the well again. She never wanted to pass through the ridicule of the people in the city again just get fresh water.
Even though she lacked understanding and was spiritually blind, as she continued her conversation with Jesus, her eyes were opened and perceived that He was a prophet. She has some basic information because she knew that at some point the Messiah was coming and He would make things clear. “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”(John 4:26). Jesus revealed to her that He was the one that she had been waiting for. I wonder how many are waiting for their Deliverer and He in turn is waiting on them. She turned to go to the city to tell the men, not women about Jesus. Remember whom she was not associated with.
This encounter turned her into an agent for Jesus, an evangelist. She had no name but was important enough to mentioned in the Bible. She was a not a disciple. She had no formal training. All she had was a testimony of the man that knew everything about her. Many in the city believed on Jesus because of what she said in her testimony. Curiosity and hunger caused the people to seek this Jesus. They wanted to know who was this stranger that knew all about this woman from their city. “So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and abode there two days.” (John 4:40).
The people took her word a first, but when Jesus came, they knew for themselves. Have you ever wondered what He did in those two days? This city was ripe for the harvest. They knew indeed that Jesus was the Christ not only because of the woman’s testimony, but also because of personal encounters.
The Body of Christ must be careful how we encounter those that are thirsty for the truth at the well of living water. Notice in verse 27, how the disciples reacted to Jesus having a conversation with this woman. Did she leave quickly because of their reaction? The disciples had wrong focus. They were so concerned about the physical food for Jesus that they missed the importance of the encounter. Jesus was showing them that there was a great harvest coming before them. There are many women in many cities, many neighborhoods who are the well waiting for an encounter with Jesus so that their thirst can be quenched with the living water. The question will the light of Jesus shine brightly in a Believer for the harvest of that one soul that could be the one who can harvest a city, a state, even a nation.
There are others in the New Testament that had a desire to Go, Show, and Tell. An encounter with Jesus will do that to you. In Mark, Chapter 5, Jesus delivered the demoniac in the country of the Gadarenes. The people of the town were so accustomed to his state that when they saw the miracle of him in his right mind, they became afraid and asked Jesus to leave.
This is hard to understand because Jesus could have performed more miracles there. The demoniac want just to be with Jesus. He knew who had delivered him. “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to they friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” (Mark 5: 19).
He went back to his people and began to tell what Jesus did for him. Many were amazed and surprised because they knew his story. The area that he went back to was called Decapolis, which translated means Ten Cities. This was another area of Gentiles that received the knowledge of Jesus.
Jesus gave instruction to the leper to Go and Show in Luke 5:12-15. He was not to tell anyone until he saw the priest and make an offering for a testing and proof to be verified by the priest. This was so that the priest would recognize that Jesus the Messiah was here. The woman at the well recognized before they did.
There is a kingdom purpose in every action of Jesus. As he found the one would be used, many lives were touched and changed. Many in the Body of Christ need to Go, Show, and Tell. That is, we must tell the truth about our conversion. Let’s take the mask of ‘I’ve been holy all my life’ off. If you look around and the truth be told, there is an evangelist who was a drug dealer, there is a pastor’s wife who was a prostitute, there is someone on the praise team who was a drug addict, and there is someone who was released from prison a couple of years ago standing at the door as an usher. There should never be a time in our walk, when we cannot get back to the basic of our encounter with Jesus. We should be ready at all times to Go, Show, and Tell.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Matthew 28: 19-20).