Scripture: John 4.
John 4:28-30 (NLT)
28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,
29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?”
So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
Friends, this is the ultimate story about evangelism. We could sit and learn hour after hour what we should say when we witness to someone or invite them to church, but when we give a personal account of what Jesus did, or is doing, for us, it will impact the audience. Giving the account of something that occurred to someone else, or that we read about, is open for discussion. But our personal account adds a whole new dimension to the story. The Samaritan woman went into the village and gave an account of something that happened to her (vs 29). In verse 39 we are told that many believed because of the woman’s personal account, but in verse 42 we read that the crowd accepted her invitation to come and see Jesus, and because of that they reaffirmed their belief because they heard, or encountered Jesus for themselves. Doesn’t this sound a lot like us inviting friends and family to church? I believe that we can easily see that our invitation will be a lot more impactful if we are able to share how Jesus touched our lives, and therefore we want to invite our neighborhood in for the same experience. I have no reason to doubt that we would see the same results as this Samaritan woman, the people will come!
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord Jesus, we have seen so many different ways and lessons on how to best witness to a lost loved one, but this story has reminded me that I must have a personal story to share and not just invite folk to visit the same building that I do on Sunday mornings. When I encounter You, and see You impact my life, then I will excitedly invite folk to meet this same Jesus that touched my life. Please help me to always tell my story and not just what You did for the Samaritan woman. Please help me to be bold in my sharing so that others might come to know You. Please touch the lives of my friends that will read this today so that they too might tell their story and watch excitedly how You will work in and through them. People need the Lord, now may those of us that know and experience You help with this as we tell our story.
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