By Jason Reiswig, President of Missions in the Amazon
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.) The woman answered, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan— so how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.) Jesus answered, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.”
In the Gospel of John, chapter four, Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman and asks her for a drink of water. His request was controversial on several fronts. But Jesus explains his purpose and tells her everything she’s ever done in a way that’s so loving and genuine that she fervently invites everyone to come and see the man who must be their long-awaited Savior!
As I look to emulate Jesus, I often ask myself a few questions throughout the day: Do I live in a way that sparks people’s curiosity? Does my life attract positive attention? Does it cause people to want to know me? To spend time with me? To learn from me?
Being an introvert, I could easily retreat to a life surrounded by only close friends and family. I could convince myself that I would be bothering people if I start up a conversation. But as my relationship with Jesus has grown through prayer and study, I’ve experienced how rewarding it can be to live
a life of intentionality that exudes the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc.).
Once someone takes note, I simply tell my story and describe what Jesus has done for me, how he has given me peace, forgiveness and eternal life. I explain how God has given me a purpose to pursue relationships with people in order to reveal God’s love to them (without judgment).
What about you? Could you articulate your story to someone needing to hear it? Write out your story in a way that’s comfortable for you and practice telling it to someone you trust. Then, consider the people in your workplace, neighborhood, and family. Are you living in a way that could stir their interest in the gospel? Commit to loving them in ways that will cause them to see Jesus and the fruit of the Spirit at work in you, leading them to ask why you are different. Then, tell them why!
Lord, shine through me so that my life will draw people to you. Help me tell the story of your love and goodness to those who are thirsty for life-giving water.