January 29, Monday

The AMI QT devotionals for January 29-February 4 are provided by Christine Li.  Christine graduated from University of Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City.  She attends Remnant Church in Manhattan.

Devotional Thoughts for This Morning

“Sharing (Stories) is Caring”

Genesis 41:9-10

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.

When I was in college, my servant’s team decided we would start sharing our testimonies during small group. I recounted an experience of healing that God had miraculously worked in my life. Later, to my surprise, four people approached me independently, all sharing how they were going through similar hardships and, through my story, had been encouraged to believe that God could heal and restore them. Afterwards, I began to see that all experiences God puts into my life (both miracles and hardships) are not just for my own benefit, but for others as well.

Here in this passage, we see that the cupbearer has finally broken his silence after two years and now shares about his experience of God through Joseph’s interpretation of dreams. No one knew that dreams could be divinely interpreted, but because the cupbearer testified, Pharaoh and all the listeners learned what God is able to do. From one man’s testimony, God’s might was displayed!

As people of God, we can practice testifying of the work God can do. Not only will we be reminded of His faithfulness in our lives, but we can help others understand more of the ways He moves around us. Some people might read the Bible and think that God’s works were for another people of another time; however, when they hear us witness about His hand in our lives, they will be reminded that He is present and active in our world.

Today, let’s be on the lookout for an opportunity to testify of what God has done (or is doing) in our lives. It does not have to be a grand story; sometimes, the smallest movements of God will be a great encouragement for others to know Him better. Let us cultivate a habit of praising Him for every big and small work so that our communities will ascribe to Him all the honor due His name!

Prayer: Father, help us to be a thankful people who testify about Your work in our lives. May we attribute every single thing to Your hand – not our own work, cleverness, or luck. Let our witnessing be an encouragement to one another to see You clearly and praise You together. Use our stories to showcase Your work so that others may come to glorify You. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Numbers 17


Lunch Break Study

Read John 4:1-7, 28-30, 39-42 (In spirit of sharing testimony, we’ll make some observations about encountering Jesus. We will focus on selected verses from the entire passage in Chapter 4)

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.[a]

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him. …

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 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.”

Questions to Consider

  1. Describe the nature of the circumstances when the woman encountered Jesus.
  2. Describe how the Samaritan woman told others about Jesus.
  3. Describe how the other Samaritans came to know Jesus. What hand does she have in their relationship with Jesus?

Notes

  1. The Samaritan woman wasn’t looking to meet Jesus or encounter Him that day. But God came to meet her exactly where she knew she would be (in that location, in her shamefulness during the heat of the day when she avoided society). While she knew not what she was going to ask for, He was ready to give her more than she knew.
  2. We can note some observations on witnessing based on how she described her encounter with Jesus: she merely told others about her experience with Him. She did not rely on any reputation or clout to draw others to Him; she did not have to embellish her stories. By being faithful to proclaim what God had done, she drew others to Him. We may find that we, too, are surprised by the outcome when we share with others.
  3. At first, the Samaritans had only heard about Him from the woman. But they acted on their curiosity and came to know Him. By encountering the living Christ for themselves, they heard Him and eventually followed Him. For us, let us be faithful to proclaim what good news we know and remember that, for others to believe, God Himself will draw them in and meet with them personally.

Evening Reflection

During the course of the day, did God bring up anything to mind to share with others about God or someone to share it with? Ask Him to give you the faith that the prompting comes from Him as well as the courage to act on it.

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