28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
This story, most commonly referred to as the woman at the well, has many different lessons in it that we could glean, but God showed me something a bit different this time. Being here in Thailand, looking at the masses of people all around (67+ Million) and having the understanding that less than 1% of them are Christian and not many more than that have ever even heard the Gospel of a crucified and risen Savior; while also understanding that there are so few missionaries here, it is easy to get discouraged and wonder “how in the world will we ever be effective in communicating God’s love to all these people?” God gave me some encouragement through this story.
This was an average woman; no priestly lineage given or any description to to say she was anything more than that. But she did something that even Christ’s disciples failed to do; she reached the hearts of her people. She didn’t have any special advantages over any other. We could say she was simply a lay-member; and it would seem a backslidden one. But when the truth was received and accepted in her heart, she went and told what she knew.She didn’t know a lot, she only spoke with the Lord for a short time, but it was enough, because we see in verse 39 that “many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.”
It is easy to look at circumstances and allow satan to discourage us, but if we look to Christ, He will remind us that He can do anything and that He can use anyone to do it. Jesus’ 12 disciples entered that city and didn’t bring a single person back to Christ, but this one woman, one of their own nation, was able to bring many to a belief in Christ through her simple witness. This is, yet again, God illustrating to us that there is “no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” (1Sam 14:6) Though the numbers and cultural barriers may be stacked against us, God is still able to use our efforts for His glory, even if just one is reached. May we all stand in the face of ‘impossibilities’ and trust His ABILITY.