So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4:40-42
The other day I put up the video of Monty Williams (NBA assistant coach for the OKC Thunder) speaking at his wife’s memorial service. She was 44 with five children. A woman crossed the centerline and hit Ingrid Williams, and she was killed in the crash. The other driver died too. (See Deadspin article: Monty Williams Calls For Forgiveness In Powerful Speech At Wife’s Memorial Service)
Monty’s inspired words at that memorial service resonated around the world to basketball fans and non-basketball fans alike. He spoke of his love for his wife. He spoke of his faith in God. And he spoke of forgiveness for the driver of the car that crossed the centerline. Monty Williams spoke that way because he’s a man who “heard for himself.” He hasn’t only heard from others about Jesus, but like the Samaritans, he’s spent days with him. For the Samaritans it was two days. For Monty Williams it’s been many days.
That personal time with Jesus is what moved the Samaritans to say, “…we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
His personal time with Jesus is what moved Monty Williams to speak those powerful and inspired words at his wife’s memorial service.
Can I give you my best advice? Spend days with Jesus and hear for yourself. Find a church full of people who love God and His Son with everything they have and go there, ask questions of those people, get to know those people. Read the gospels. Pray as Jesus instructed us to pray. (Luke 18:1-8)
Spend days with Jesus in these ways to hear for yourself, then make your decision about him. Like Monty Williams, you’ll find Him to be a source of strength and grace and love, even while walking through the darkest and most gut-wrenching of times.
See and hear for yourself.
(If you have a question, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)