When you have encountered Jesus, your story becomes a powerful testimony of His love, grace, peace and mercy. The only way for the power to be released is for you to tell your story. Telling your story means you have to face it, process it and then release it into the hands of the Holy Spirit to provide opportunity to share.
The Samaritan woman was an outcast in her community. She went and got water in the heat of the day all by herself. She either wasn’t invited to go when the other women went to the well, or she decided it was better to go alone. Sometimes our own self judgment makes being around other people unbearable. Even if they aren’t judging us, we write their story as if they are and then we heap a double portion of shame on our souls. So on this day once again, as she trudged her wa to the well buried under the weight of her life choices and how they had played out, she had no idea her life would change forever AND, that her story would become a saving testimony to others.
Isn’t that just like Jesus? He steps in where we least expect Him to and He flips the script. Notice in this encounter that He doesn’t hide her past, He calls it out! He offers her a an invitiation into relationship when He asks her to go get her husband because her only answer is one of revelation about her story. Do you see the crack of light into her darkness in His response? He acknowledges that her answer of not having a husband is in fact true, and then He gently takes her heart a little deeper and tells her things that He had no way to know. The relationship deepens as He unfolds her story in love, grace, peace and mercy. He isn’t calling her names or speaking in judgment, He’s simply laying out her story and helping her to face it.
Here’s the deal and we all know it: you can’t change history. I can’t go back to when I was 13 years old and say “no” to my first taste of alcohol. I can’t go back and and not fall in love with my first love who died tragically. I can’t go back and get my mom to the hospital sooner so that the aneurysm didn’t kill her and I didn’t spiral deeper into anger and alcoholism. I can’t go back to all of the hundreds of poor choices and make better choices and guess what, neither can you. Here’s what we can do though…face those choices, process them and then release them into the hands of the Holy Spirit so that our story, like the story of the Samaritan woman, will be shared and bring people to healing and salvation through Jesus Christ.
Your story is a battefield and don’t doubt that for one second. The enemy wants nothing more than to keep you from telling your story so he plants shame-bombs all along your path. I don’t know about you but I don’t need someone from the outside judging me because I’m incredibly proficient at judging myself! And in that judgment, in that shame, the enemy wins because the truth is that we won’t share a story that causes us shame. We just won’t. The only way to release the power of your story is to speak light into the darkness of it and expose the shame for what it is, a lie. God isn’t judging you so why are you judging you? God is loving you, freeing you and releasing you to tell everyone around you about His love.
Face it. Process it. Release it. Your story is the key to someone else’s salvation so you have to fight for it. Jesus died for your story, don’t let the enemy steal the power away from you. Your story is not only the story of your salvation, it’s the beginning of the story of someone else’s salvation.