Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well is a great example of how to take an interest in someone and evangelize at the same time. Jesus broke about every social law at the time by speaking to this woman. Why? Well, (1) she was a Samaritan, a member of the hated mixed race, (2) she was known to be living in sin, and (3) was in a public place. No respectable Jewish man would talk to a woman under such circumstances. However, Jesus broke all the social norms of His day by showing an interest in her real need. No, it wasn’t physical, although she may have been truly thirsty. Jesus knew her REAL problem was a spiritual disease and stepped out to give her a cure. The gospel is for every person, independent of race, social position, or past sins. Jesus crossed barriers and shared the good news with someone who needed to hear it. Should we be guilty of any less?
1. When I share the good news with someone, how do I start the conversation? Does the bad news of sins penalty precede the good news of Jesus’ solution?
2. How many times have I been swayed to not talk about “Christian” things in order to save face? Why?
Challenge: Take time to ponder how you might emulate Jesus’ example of sharing the good news with someone you know that doesn’t know Him. It may just have an impact on their eternal address.
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