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Reach | Devotion #6: Can Anyone Share?

Kyle Wendel | Children’s and Youth Ministries Director

Do you ever feel like you are not qualified to share the Gospel, or you cannot share the Gospel? I remember growing up thinking I could not share the Gospel with people because I did not know enough. Sometimes when I would be in sin, I also did not feel qualified enough to share with people the Good News of Christ. I want to show some Scriptures and hopefully, help anyone that struggles with this. Let’s go to John 4:3-19: “He left Judea and departed again for Galilee.  And he had to pass through Samaria.  So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.’  Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come here.’  The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;  for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.’ The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.”

Verses 25-26 continues, “The woman said to him, ‘I know that the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.’”

Verses 28-30 say,So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?’ They went out of the town and were coming to him.”

Verse 39 finishes,Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony.”

We look at this interaction between Jesus and the woman at the well, and it is profound. First, something that is important that we tend to forget is women and men were not allowed to communicate as they are today here. This woman was an outcast of the town. As you see, it is very clear she is a sinner, and people would not want to be around her. Jesus, however, makes her important on His agenda. Then it gets even crazier after this woman realizes Jesus is the Messiah. She left her jar and went straight to the town and starts telling people about Jesus. Often I feel like we think we have to take a class to reach people or go to Bible College. However, look at this woman, immediately after her encounter with Jesus, she goes back to her town where she is looked down upon by everyone and is telling everyone. She did not care what they thought of her at that point. Of all people, this woman would seem to appear as the least qualified to share the Gospel. However, Jesus appointed her of all people to go and tell the Good News. Moreover, because of her many of the people of her town were saved. How awesome is that! Remember that as you struggle with being “qualified.” Jesus equips the called.

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