Sometimes I forget that people actually read my blog. When I’m talking to friends and they say “oh yeah I know, I read about that on your blog”, it always catches me off guard. When I really think about all the things that so many people have read, it actually scares me. Sometimes I wonder whether I’m too honest in what I write.
But when those thoughts come and I start to close the door to my life, I remind myself of the Samaritan woman in the bible. She hasn’t got a name but she has a story.
You can read about her in John 4. Jesus purposely walks into her life and speaks to her. He tells her how he knows everything about her – including her 5 husbands and the current man she’s been living with. He proves to her that He is the son of God.
She runs back to the town where she is from and tells everyone about Him. She tells them how He knew about her and everything that she’s done. She tells them her testimony, her story. John 4:39 says that there were so many people who came to believe in Jesus because of her testimony.
Imagine if she was too ashamed to tell them. Imagine if she was too embarrassed to admit how she lived. Just imagine if she thought about what other people might think… Especially in those times!
She allowed Jesus to use her. She showed people the way to Him through telling her story. His grace was greater than her shame, and I believe that that is why people believed. Her transparency revealed Jesus.
Jesus used her story, just like He can use yours – no matter how good or bad it is. You just have to be willing to let Him use it.