God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5

In the previous post, Jesus taught his disciples that they should see themselves as harvesters. He wasn’t referring to harvesting in the farming world, but harvesting for God’s Kingdom. Jesus was saying that just as they were his disciples, their mission was to help more people become his disciples.

Just then, something happened to illustrate what Jesus was talking about. A harvester brought in a harvest. The harvester was the Samaritan woman who had five husbands, and was now living with a man who was not her husband.  Not the kind of person you’d think would be an evangelist!  She told the people in her town about her conversation with Jesus, and now they wanted to meet Jesus.

What can we learn from this?

Don’t write yourself off.  You are loved by God, and he desires a deeper growing relationship with you.  Know that God sees you as someone that can serve in his Kingdom.  You have gifts and talents that can always serve God’s mission, resulting in bringing you life and life for others in God’s kingdom. You might think you are the last person who could help other people become followers of Jesus. But know this. God is in the business of empowering even the most unlikely people to do great things, big and small.

You can introduce people to Jesus by telling the story of God at work in your life.  The woman’s message was simple, “Come out and meet the man who told me everything I ever did.”  Is she exaggerating?  Yes, of course.  But she is also getting at the truth.  She met Jesus, and Jesus revealed himself to her.  She found truth.  And she wanted everyone to know the truth as well.

What will it look like for you and I to embody that same spirit?  With that same passion? 

First, it means that we meet Jesus.  Not to know about him, but to be in a growing relationship with him.  Where we are watching him, observing him, learning new things about him, meeting with him, and gradually doing what he did.

Second, it means that we introduce other people to Jesus. Who are the people in your life that you can introduce to Jesus?  In what ways can you show others who Jesus is and what you are learning from him?

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

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