Guercino – Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well – WGA10946 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Faith is a word with many meanings, such as faithfulness and absolute faith, as shown by some people who came to Jesus for healing. We may suffer yet it’s not the physical action that will bring healing. When we humble ourselves in the presence of God, by faith we will find healing.
We may come broken, hurt, ashamed of who we are. Filled with guilt because we are not sure of whom we are. Because of past failures, our hearts may be heavy laden with guilt and shame. By faith, we can be saved and go in peace believing God can make us whole again. God heals. Even in your brokenness, God will heal.
Remember the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years who couldn’t find a doctor that she may be healed. By one touch of Jesus’ garment, she was instantly healed. Even though she thought she’d go unnoticed because of the crowd, Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” out loud. He knew someone touched him before he asked. Someone intentionally touched him expecting to be healed before asking. Jesus’ power went from him to her at one touch. In that moment she was healed by his power at one touch. One touch!
When Jesus looked for the person who touched him, the woman knew she could not go unnoticed. She came to him trembling. She fell at his feet and told him why she had touched him, and how she had been instantly healed when she touched him. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” It wasn’t his cloak that had special powers that healed her and brought her to her knees. It was her faith, a touch of faith that released God’s healing power that healed her and brought her to Jesus’ feet. (Luke 8:43-48)
Before the woman left his presence Jesus asked one thing of her, the one thing she wanted to keep hidden; her presence known to others. Jesus asked that she identify herself and tell her story to others. This in turn would allow him to encourage her and show just how much he loved her (Mark 5:33 NLT). Jesus did not want her to leave his presence thinking she had stolen her miracle. He wanted her to understand he was delighted to heal her. The woman found much more healing than she expected. Jesus offered the gift of healing and the privilege of knowing him when she least expected it. Glory! There’s power in healing even when our faith is tested.
Then there’s our witness, our profession of faith. When we tell others about God’s healing power, it is a testament of our faith.
Think about the Samaritan woman at the well who had five husbands and lived with a man she wasn’t married to. She had never met or knew Jesus until their meeting at the well and even then she didn’t know or realize who she was talking to. Jesus told the woman at the well everything she did. He told her just what she needed to hear. She shared her joy. Others believed in Jesus because of her professed faith, as shown in her joy. (John 4:39-42)
She didn’t do anything spectacular. All she did was tell her story of how Jesus knew her and cared about her. Her life was changed by his words. The woman at the well became an agent of change for God because of her words.
Had she kept her joy to herself, no one would have witnessed the miraculous change. She wasn’t ashamed. By Jesus, she was changed. When she shared her experience with others, her story introduced and brought others to Christ. She was an effective witness. They too were changed forever by Christ.
The woman at the well shared her story immediately. When the woman with the issue of blood saw she couldn’t go unnoticed, she told her story immediately. These were nameless women who told others about how Jesus healed them. They showed others Jesus’ love for them. Their lives were changed. Others, because of their testimonies, became curious, were led to Christ, and their lives too were changed.
As believers, don’t be riddled with guilt or ashamed of your past because of who you once were or who you are. You are an agent of change for God. Come to God just as you are. No matter how great or how ashamed you may be because of sins from your past life. Profess your faith. Share your story of how Jesus changed your life. Be an example. Be an effective witness for and let others know about Christ. Help bring others to Christ.
When you tell your story, faith will change your life not because of what you believed in, but because of who you believe in. Share your faith and your testimony of God’s love. It will please and glorify God. It can help save the life of someone who does not know God.
The power of faith can change your life! Don’t give up or give in to strife. Be an agent of change for God. Be a witness. Persevere. There’s power in the name of Jesus. Have faith. Be healed!
Be blessed! –JD
1 Peter 1:7-9 “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (NIV)