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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Engaging Others With the Message of Hope

Jesus took time to engage the Samaritan woman in John 4:1-42.   Verses 6-8 read, "6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well.  It was about noon.  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give Me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)"

It is interesting to note that Jesus was tired and thirsty; however, He took time to engage the woman at the well in the most important discussion of her life.  Jesus had other options:

  1. He could have gone into town with His disciples.
  2. He could have ignored the woman at the well until the disciples returned.

Jesus deliberately engaged the woman in matters of eternity.  He does that for us too.

Romans 5:7-9 reads, "For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

Do we take time to engage others with the message of hope?  Here's a few things we can do to prepare to share Jesus:

  • We can pray for opportunities.  1 Thess. 5:16-18, "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
  • We can study God's Word.  2 Timothy 2:15, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
  • We can trust the Lord.  Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
  • We can be hospitable.  1 Peter 4:9, "Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling."

Let us engage our neighbors, friends and family with The Message of Hope.

God bless.

Ted Whitney


 
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