I have been studying the interactions between Jesus and the women that He met.
The past couple of weeks, I have been studying the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. As I read and meditate on the passage, I find that there are so many lessons I can learn as I try to reach people around me for the kingdom of God.
Here are just a few of the lessons that I have learned from the example of Jesus and how He reached the Samaritan woman:
Talk to the unlovely or those who are living lifestyles that are contrary to God’s teaching.
This Samaritan woman was drawing water at the hottest part of the day. No one went to the well at that time. She must have wanted to avoid any of the other women. Because of her immorality, she was probably shunned by many people. But not Jesus. He knew she had a need, and He purposely put Himself in a place where He could meet her. We see this in verse 4 when it says, “And he must needs go through Samaria.”
Talk about something they can understand or that interests them and then turn the conversation to the spiritual.
Jesus starts talking about water, which made sense since the lady was coming to draw water. He grabs the woman’s attention by saying, “Give me to drink.” Then He says, “ If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” And later, “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
He turned the conversation from physical water to spiritual, everlasting water which was a metaphor for everlasting life.
Share the Gospel whenever you have the chance. I don’t have to wait until I have a relationship with them.
Many people talk about lifestyle evangelism. This is the idea that I can win others to Christ just by showing others with my life that I am different. Or people also talk about having to have a relationship with someone before you can witness to them. However, we see how Jesus meets this stranger, and almost immediately, He is witnessing to her.
Show them their need of a Savior by convicting them of their sin.“Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Before anyone gets saved, they must realize they are lost. In a non-abrasive way, we can bring up the fact that they are a sinner.
Don’t get sidetracked by extemporaneous debates.
She tries this when she says, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus answers her accusation and uses it to share more gospel with her!
Be more concerned about the spiritual welfare of people than my physical needs (or even their physical needs!).
The disciples came back from buying food and said unto Jesus, “In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.” His answer to them was,”But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” (v. 32) and “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (v. 34)
Do I even see the spiritual needs around me as I rush about my daily chores of things that need to be done? Do I have spiritual eyes? Am I more concerned about doing a soup kitchen or somehow helping someone’s physical needs that I fail to share the most important answer to the biggest need that they have: their need for salvation.
William MacDonald says in his commentary, “The Lord Jesus had found food and support in winning worshipers to His Father. Compared to this joy, physical nourishment was of little importance to Him. We get what we go after in life. The disciples were interested in food. They went into the village to get food. They came back with it. The Lord was interested in souls. He was interested in saving men and women from sin and giving them the water of everlasting life. He, too, found what He went after. What are we interested in?”
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