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"He told me all that I ever did"

By Elizabeth Prata

The “Woman at the well” passage always blesses me when I read it. The verses in John 4:1-42 are rich with lessons of all kinds. Dwelling on each one could be enough sermons for a year. However, today the phrase the woman uttered “He told me everything I ever did” stays with me and it is the focus of this essay.

The woman went to the well at midday, instead of early morning and late afternoon with all the other women, likely because she was a known sinner and shunned from respectable company. Furthermore, she was surprised that Jesus asked her for a drink. When Christ asked her for water, she said as much, “the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.” (verse 9).

She had had five husbands and the man she was living with then was not her husband. Six husbands/lovers in even a mid-sized city is a lot of men.

Thus began their conversation that rings through the ages. During the conversation, the woman’s spiritual awareness grew and grew, until she realized just Who it is that she was talking to, which Jesus confirmed. The woman marveled, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”(verse 28)

“He told me all that I ever did.”

If that thought doesn’t strike fear in the believer’s heart, I don’t know what will. Though Christ’s death on the cross enabled God to obtain for us the legal discharge from the handwriting of ordinances, which was against us, (Col 2:14) believers must still present themselves to Jesus and account for what they have done for Him subsequent to accepting His gift of grace. This ceremony is known as the Bema Seat.

Romans 14:10-12:
“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written:
“As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”

“He told me all that I ever did.”

Second Corinthians 5:10 tells us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

“He told me all that I ever did.”

We are not to stand before Jesus at the Bema seat for judgment nor condemnation. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ” (Romans 8:1). But we will stand and answer for everything we ever did, so that Jesus may know how many rewards to bestow. It will be visible and it will be one-one-one. Just as He spoke with the woman at the well, and confronted her sin directly, so He will do with us.

“He told me all that I ever did.”

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” ( 1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

The more works that are burned as hay or stubble, the fewer rewards we will receive. Not condemnation, but greater or lesser rewards. Still, I have no doubt that the feeling will be excruciating. At the moment Jesus stands before each of us individually and confronts everything we ever did (after the pardon of forgiveness was given), I know that no matter how much I think I have done for Him, I will want to have done more. I will want to have done better. I will be ashamed that so much would be burned as hay or stubble.

“He told me all that I ever did.”

Are you ready to have a one-on-one conversation with Jesus where He will not only tell you everything you ever did but burn some of it before your eyes as worthless? Are you ready for Him to lift up the scales containing your good work for Him of gold and silver? If you have unconfessed sins in your life, confess them now. If you think your work is only hay or stubble, ask the Spirit to help you change that work to gold and silver.

Our work does not save us, but the work we do for His glory after being saved will be evaluated, scrutinized, weighed and either burned or rewarded. Are you ready to have Him tell you everything you ever did?


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

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