We're taking a class in Sunday School about sharing our faith, so the passage about Jesus and the Samaritan woman drew my attention.
First, it was a good reminder that the gospel is for everyone. This woman was a Samaritan (mixed race hated by the Jews), was known to be living in sin, and was a woman in a public place. No respectable Jewish man would talk to such a woman. But Jesus not only spoke to her, He gave her the Good News. We must be ready to share the Good News with anyway in any place no matter what their race, social position, or reputation. Jesus crossed all social barriers, and we must be ready to do the same.
John 4:35 You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The field are already ripe for harvest.
It's easy for us, as believers, to make excuses in order to get out of witnessing, justifying our reluctance or fear with the excuse that they're not ready to believe yet. Jesus makes it clear that there are people ready to hear the good news, there's a harvest ready to be reaped. We just need to look around.
It can be uncomfortable to share the gospel. It can be intimidating. There can be messy consequences. But it's not a suggestion, it's a command.
Are we being obedient? When's the last time you or I shared the gospel with someone?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37, Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:29-34, Luke 4:38-41, Matthew 4:23-25, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-16