For weeks, we’ve been in a Sunday Sermon series called “There is no unemployment in the Kingdom of God”. As we’ve taught chronologically through the gospels, we came to Luke 10, Jesus sending out the 70 in His name and for His purpose. The series was well timed–not because we’ve been in a church build-out project–but because we’ve changed our name to match our mission, which is to come and be filled, that we may go and fill others.
To be changed lives that change lives.
I’ve been personally blessed and encouraged by the series. Through Jesus’ commands in Luke 10, we’ve seen practical reasons and principles to do ministry. Today, I want to give another practical principle from John 4, one of the personal interactions Jesus had that defines our name and mission.
In John 4, Jesus meets a sinful woman in Samaria. Due to certain details in the account, we can surmise that she was a reject in her community–a cast-away loner. But Jesus met her there. He exposed her sin and dealt with it through promise. She was radically effected. In His words and promise, she saw Him for Himself and was immediately changed. But the story doesn’t end there. In John 4:39-42, we read:
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
She left Jesus, reunited herself to her community and did something very simple. She shared her testimony. She told of who Jesus is and what He did in her life. Many in her community were saved because she just told about Jesus and what He did for her–in her–for her. She carried the water from the well.
I just want to encourage you today to simply carry the water from the well. Many of us can feel ill-equipped to minister in Jesus’ name. Many of us feel as though we have nothing to offer. But we all do, because we all have a testimony.
Go find ways to give that testimony. You’ll be amazed how many will believe because of it. And further, you’ll be amazed how they are changed when they spend time with Jesus because they believed you.
Changed lives that change lives…
Go tell about (and live) the change in yours. Carry the water from the well for them. Your community will change.