Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” John 4:39 John 4:38-40 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
A Testimony: a firsthand authentication of a fact;evidence.
The deadliest killer of hope is silence. When we hold back our testimony we shut the door of hope on the next person.
Our silence is deadly but our testimonies are powerful. It is through our testimony’s that Christ is revealed. When Christ is revealed hearts are transformed, faith grows, hope is raised and lives are changed. The story of the Samaritan Woman (John 4) is one of my favorite stories in the bible for it beautifully displays the power of our testimonies and the heart transformation that takes place when Christ is revealed to a person. She began as a social outcast, divorced by five men and living with a man who is not her husband. Seeking water at Jacob’s well at the high noon hour, a time where she could avoid the stares and comments of the townspeople who avoid the heat of the noon day. There she met a man named Jesus who told her everything she ever did yet, He did not judge her or condemn her but asked her for a drink and offered her the drink of living water. Jesus said to her, whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.-John 4:14 In this account of Jesus’ ministry the Samaritan Woman is the first person Jesus revealed Himself too as the Messiah, no parables, no riddles, just Him.
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am He.” –John 4:25-26
From Social Outcast to Minister of the New Covenant: The Transformation. Leaving her water jug behind (imagine how filled and complete she felt) she boldly goes into the town to a people with whom she was once too ashamed to face, to share her experience with Christ. Her ministry was effective because scripture says that many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of her testimony. One woman’s testimony was the catalyst that drew an entire town of believers to Christ.
Your testimony, Men and Women of God, is the greatest gift you can give this world.