"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.'” (John 4.42)
Belief comes from strange places. I once heard a fellow church member say, “Those people are low hanging fruit.” He was talking about those who might be easy to get to come to church. If we reflect on what this man said, we should stunned. How do we know where the Lord will choose to work? It is easy for us to look at the world pragmatically (what will seem to work). As we are shaped by scripture, we should hope to think more biblically. Christ says, the fields are ripe for the harvest.
What do we need to do then? We should walk with wisdom. We should be led by the Spirit of the Lord, but the gospel of John shows us something else: we should make Jesus known. As Jesus went through Samaria, he revealed himself, not only to the Samaritan woman but to the whole village. When the village met Jesus, they knew. They received him even though the Jews had rejected him. Samaria at Jesus’ time was not the place where one would have expected a response to Jesus’ revealing of himself. Yet, many more believed in him and they confessed that he was the savior of the world! This was all in response to Jesus making himself known to the people of Sychar.
You may not expect that your sphere of influence is low hanging fruit. You may think it to be the most impossible place for you to see a response to the plain witness of Christ. I think our response to these thoughts should be two-fold: 1. Pray for opportunities to share, 2. Pray that we would be eager to share the good news.
It is our desire that the church service would also be a place and time where we boldly bear witness about Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord would use us this week to make Christ known.
--J. Andersen 2/5/16