Jn.4:28-30- All at once, the woman dropped her water jar and ran off to her village and told everyone, “Come and meet a man at the well who told me everything I’ve ever done! He could be the Anointed One we’ve been waiting for.” Hearing this, the people came streaming out of the village to go see Jesus.
This is one of the classic stories of changed lives found in the gospels. In some ways it reminds me of the calling of Peter, “Follow Me and I will make you a fisher of men”. We learn from this story the most critical ingredient of making a fisherman, your life must be radically changed if you want to be used to change others. Tradition says this Samaritan woman was named Photini. For whatever reason, Photini had been married five times and was living with a sixth man. Regardless of why she had so many marriages, her story is the formula for an empty life filled with disappointment finally finding satisfaction in Christ.
The Lord had a plan for this Samaritan woman; this plan had to start with Photini having an encounter with Christ. Jesus spoke to her about the gift of God and knowing who He was. He told her two things that were the key to being able to drink living water that would quench the thirsting of her soul. Photini was transformed into a worshiper during this encounter with Christ. Her testimony of her encounter with Christ literally turned her whole town upside down. The news of Photini’s changed life spread like a fire throughout Sychar. Because of her word the whole town came out to hear Christ for themselves. Obviously, this woman from Samaria had become one of Jesus’ disciples. Here are some interesting comments from the Orthodox Study Bible.
“The Samaritan woman becomes an early evangelist, testifying to the advent of Christ and bringing others to Him. According to an early tradition, after the Resurrection she was baptized with the name Photini, “the enlightened one.” Along with her two sons and five daughters, she went to Carthage to spread the gospel. She was later martyred with her family under the emperor Nero by being thrown into a well. The Church remembers her on March 20 and on the fourth Sunday of Pascha.”
So, do you want to be one of the Lord’s fishermen? If so, drink living water, lots of living water. Do you know what that is? Of course living water is the gift of God, the Holy Spirit. How do you find this living water? Well that is the easy part, look to Jesus, set your affection on Him, worship Him. In that place of worship you just might become a fisherman too.