Today’s Author: Steve Sveom

John 4:28-30, 39-42

The Samaritan woman comes to faith in Jesus and then shares with her community. The woman who went to the well at a time of day when others would not be there lost her inhibitions and proclaimed “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” Her invitation is ours during this season, “Come and see.”

We are told that many believed in Jesus because of her testimony and many more believed because of his word. “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

Whatever invitations we may have given or received, those invitations can bring us to Jesus, not to faith. Faith is in the actual encounter with Jesus. It is relational. Faith is not trust in another’s words but in the Jesus who comes to us in the word.  

I am grateful for the invitations I have received to “come and see.” Without them, I would not likely have encountered Jesus as I have. But, ultimately, it is in the reality of meeting Jesus that faith is established. Faith that is a relationship with a living and loving God.  

Prayer:  Thank you for the invitations I have received to come and see, and for those who have given them. Then, thank you for meeting me, O God, with your loving grace. Amen.

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