Daily devotion, John, Day 23

Day 23

Heavenly Father, help us to know You personally and experientially through Your word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 4: 27-38, Woman of Samaria, Part 4.

V 27, Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

When the disciples went came back from the town they were surprised to see Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman, for Jews and Samaritans were enemies. In first-century Israel, a Jewish man talking with a Samaritan woman alone in public was considered scandalous and even shocking.

VV 28-30, 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

Living Water (Holy Spirit) bubbling inside her, filling her with joy, she went to town telling the people her testimony about Jesus who knew everything about her past. The town people followed her back to the well. Have you ever told anyone what the Lord had done in your life? Your testimony is very powerful.

VV 31-34, 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Jesus’ priority in life was to do God’s will. Have you ever led someone to accept Christ? Your priority in life is to do God’s will by sharing Christ with others.

VV 35-36, 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.

Jesus told His disciples to open their eyes and see the Samaritans people coming towards them. The field (Samaritans) was ready for the harvest. The Samaritan woman had sown the seed of the gospel into the Samaritan village. The disciples would soon be reaping the harvest. The sower and the reaper worked as a team to win souls.

VV 37-38, 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Today, you may be sowing the seed of the gospel into someone’s life, but one day another Christian will come along and reap the harvest by getting that person to say the sinner’s prayer. This is how evangelism work. 1 Cor 3: 6, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow”.

Prayer:

Father, teach us how to share our testimony and the gospel to others. Teach us how to apply the principles of sowing and reaping into practice, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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