The Good Chisme: How Chisme Spread the Gospel
Growing up chisme spread like wildfire. Tu sabes como ocurre… One of your cousins acts up and within a few hours everyone knows what has conspired. From one of your cousins getting detention to someone scoring two major golazos – todos lo tienen que saber.
I’ve noticed we do not share the stories of what God is doing in our life in the same fashion. We do not have the same sense of urgency, excitement, or colorful details added when we talk about our encounters with God. I want us to sit around and chismear about the funny, frustrating, heartwarming, heart wrenching, wild and wondrous moments we experience as individuals seeking to know God.
The Bible shows us that chisme was essential during Jesus’s time on Earth and it continues to be key in the spreading of the gospel.
Qué significa chisme? A story worth telling to all your friends.
God’s story, both in the Bible and the one He writes through us everyday, is worth chismeando about to everyone.
Let’s look at one chisme in more detail: The Samaritan Woman – John 4: 1-42
The Backstory: Jesus said he HAD to go through Samaria, but truth be told Jews often avoided Samaria because they believed Samaritans were unclean. While the disciples go into town, Jesus comes across a woman who was drawing water all alone in the middle of the day. Hold on, let me add a bit of perspective: imagine pulling gallons of water from a well when the temperature is at its highest, the sun is beating on your neck, and no one is there to give you a hand. Usually groups would go together during times when the sun was lowest, but she was acting out of the norm. She was avoiding people – have you ever inconvenienced yourself to avoid others? If so, why?
At the beginning of the passage Jesus and the Samaritan woman have a conversation about her drawing him water. He then attempts to tell her that he is the only one who can satisfy her needs – even the most basic one like drinking water.
Then Jesus completely goes off the rails in the conversation…
JC: Go and call your husband and come back.
SW: I don’t have a man.
JC: You’re right cuz you’ve had five so you’re right to say you don’t have a husband. True.
Jesus just dragged the skeletons out of this woman’s closet. He was not judging her though, he wanted to get to the root of something that others defined her by. He wanted to address the lifestyle that cornered her and pushed her to go out of her way to avoid a community. Jesus knew who she was, who and where she had been and STILL chose to speak with her though it went against the norm. Her messy life did not phase his longing to know her.
A few verses later, astounded at Jesus’s knowledge of her, the Samaritan woman goes back into town to chismear saying, “come and see a man who told me everything I ever did.” There was quite a shift in the story as she went from avoiding the townspeople to facing them head on and taking ownership of her past. She was empowered to address her messy life because someone and not just anyone – the Son of God – knew who she was and accepted her.
Do you know that God knows you – that your past is not hidden from Him? And that He wants you to know Him, to use you and your messy past?
It was the woman’s testimony – her past one night stands, her situationships, her less than holy moments that made her chisme so good.
And the chisme went beyond.
The chisme raised the town’s curiosity to meet Jesus. He made a deliberate and purposeful choice in talking to the Samaritan woman. He did not talk to the cookie cutter holiest of holy people, he went for the unexpected – for the woman with a past, the one individuals judged and who felt so ashamed of herself that she inconvenienced her life to avoid others.
From the one the chismes were about came the best chisme of all – that Jesus knows our past, present and future and He wants to meet us wherever we’re at. He wants to meet you at the well where you stand in solitude searching for something to satisfy your soul.
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