A Reason For Evangelism

October 13, 1998

Luke 10:2 – [Jesus] told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

One of the most popular stories in the Bible is the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42). It is a beautiful story filled with excitement as Jesus slowly reveals to this stranger her unholy lifestyle. The woman is amazed at Jesus' knowledge of her past. What makes this story so interesting is the fact that, throughout the conversation, Jesus is constantly offering her support, love and forgiveness. We all know Jesus as a Master Teacher, and perhaps it is here where he teaches us how to communicate in a positive, challenging and yet supportive manner. Perhaps we all could learn from this encounter. Just maybe, if we were more aware of the need to give more support, love and forgiveness, we too could become more effective as witnesses for Jesus Christ.

This story reminds us that evangelism challenges are all around us. We encounter people daily who need our help, support, love and a word from God. But why do we not take advantage of these opportunities to show the way to a lost soul? Have we lost our desire to reach out and touch the lives of others? Do we feel that evangelism and witnessing should be left up to trained professionals and the cults? The story of the Woman at the Well, reminds us that we should all be about our Lord's business. The reward for sharing the good news is greater than you and I can imagine. The Bible says: "Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 'Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?'"(John 4:28-29 NRSV)

The time is now for us to reclaim and proclaim the message of Christ to a dying world. The fourth chapter of John is a reminder to us all that we must not separate our selves from the world but embrace the world with God's love, kindness and forgiveness.

Prayer: O God, our help in ages past and our hope for ages to come, be our companion as we face the challenge of outreach. Through your Holy Spirit, enable us to let the sun of your love shine in the hearts of those who have lost their way. Help us to rekindle the flame of your love. We adore you; we love you. Amen. Amen.

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Emile Ennis <ennissr@yahoo.com>
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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