Never stop finding ways to share the gospel
Let nothing stand in our way, share the gospel faithfully.
27) Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28) Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29)“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30) They came out of the town and made their way toward him. John 4:27-30
We see a great contrast between the conversation that that the Samaritan woman had with Jesus as compared to the disciples lack of a conversation with Jesus. It signals the difference in the way Jesus thought about His mission and people as compared to the way the disciples still thought about His mission and people.
The disciples returned to find Jesus speaking to, of all people a woman, and not just any woman, but a Samaritan woman. I will tell you that this is the least shocking thing about this occasion. Think about this: The disciples were not concerned with why Jesus was talking to her. They may even have wondered why He would be wasting his time with this Samaritan woman. Jesus in His actions was perfect, the disciples in their response show a tragic lack of spiritual maturity. Their response is shocking to anyone who knows Christ as Lord and Savior, and they were with Him all the time.
We are not called to judge who will respond to the gospel. We are called to share the gospel message with everyone. The gospel is for everyone, it cannot discriminate, but we can if we are not careful. We can allow our preconceived ideas about who is worthy of the gospel to prevent us from sharing the truth. We can allow our own misperceptions deceive us in to thinking that we know who will or will not receive the gospel message. This again hinders our task, the great commission placed on us.
We do not know how someone is going to respond to the offer of accepting Christ as Lord and Savior in their heart and life, so we cannot exclude anyone in this invitation.
The Samaritan woman was so excited about her conversation with Jesus that she did not stop and think about who was going to listen, she just went and told everyone. She was not selective, she told the people in the town come see Jesus who told her everything that she did. In her heart she though, could this be the Messiah. She believed in Jesus and went and told everyone about Him. She was so excited that she left her jar of water behind.
Her sense of urgency to bring people to Christ is the same sense of urgency that we all should have. The great commission demands that we share the gospel message freely with anyone and everyone. Even if they do not look like us, talk like us, think like us, dress like us, agree with us on every though or opinion that we have; we are to share the gospel with everyone. Who are we to build walls that Christ died to tear down?
She was telling everyone come see Jesus because she believed in Him, the disciples were wondering why did Jesus talk to her because they did not believe in her. It is not our job to judge, it is our job to simply share the good news about our Lord Jesus. Look at the fruit that the gospel message bore, look at how many came to Christ. How many more will come to Christ is we stay true to this great task that each and every believer is called too?
My prayer is that everyone who reads this shares the gospel with someone in their life, family and community. That we do not let appearance, background or any differences divide us but allow our faith and love to share the truth of Christ so as to unite us in the one Spirit, and we are all one in Christ.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)