Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When Hearing ABOUT is Not Enough~

Are you a Christian?

If you answered "yes", do you mind if I ask why?

If you would have asked me this same question about ten years ago, I would have told you I was a Christian because I was raised in a Christian family. From the time I was just a wee little one, I was a "regular" at church. In a nut shell, I was a Christian because my mom was a Christian.

For this, I will always be grateful.

But, there came a time, when I had to make my Christianity my own.  It wasn't enough to simply believe in Jesus because my mom did.  I had to believe in Jesus because I did.

It was no different for those living in the Samaritan village.
The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”  When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.
~ John 4:28-30, 39-42, NLT
Excited about her personal encounter with Jesus, the woman at the well couldn't keep quiet.  It was this first hand account of her experience with Jesus that draw them to Him. They had heard about God - now they longed to hear from God. 

They had heard her story, now they wanted a story of their own. 

Growing up in church I heard all about God.  But, it wasn't until I heard God's voice in my own heart, that I truly believed.

So, back to you?

Have you simply been content to hear about God; to live your Christianity out through the faith of someone else?  Or, have you yourself heard the voice of God?

Have you made Jesus your own?

Its Not My Life
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For the villagers,
hearing ABOUT God was not enough.

They wanted to hear from God. 

They wanted to hear God for themselves.

Isn't that what you really want, too?~

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1 comment:

  1. Catching up with you, Stacey -- and you've done it again! This grandma was startled by your questioning why we might be Christians, until I read the Scripture. Thanks for such a needed reminder in these busy days of today's world.


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