John 4:13-14 NASB
“ Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.””
Today I went to a particular international grocery store for the first time. It was packed! I could hardly find a parking spot! Then when I went to check out, every register was open with at least 10 customers in line! You’d think it was Black Friday! As I waited in line I thought, “This is like the United Nations in here!” then my mind wandered to considering going into the international grocery business to doing ministry here “to the nations.” Then I thought for a moment, “Wow, we as the church could take a lesson from this! If only Sunday morning were so diverse!” Groceries had brought all those people together. Physical food. We as believers have spiritual food that can feed people more than any physical food ever will. And this spiritual food should unite us more than any physical food. Yet I wonder if we really believe that. Or rather if we just get so comfortable being around people like us that we start spontaneously combusting when something or someone different starts to threaten that comfortableness.
Jesus didn’t stay with people just of His own race. In fact, when most people traveled around Samaria, He took His disciples right through it. When Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi, saw a Samaritan woman at the well, He spoke with her. That alone was incredibly not according to the culture! He shared with her how she could have living water from Christ. Jesus hit on something deeper than race or culture. The Gospel transcends race. This woman at the well got it. She believed because He shared. Then she shared with her whole village and many believed (John 4:39).
I wonder how many would come to know Christ if we only went out of our comfort zone to share Him with others. I wonder what would happen if we shared Him with those of a different race or culture than us. Jesus did not just reach Jewish people, but everyone! Are we willing to reach out to those different from us? Pray that the Lord enables us to take advantage of opportunities to share Him with others, even if they’re very different from us. Amen!
This is taken from my upcoming Daily Devotional: Applying God’s Word in your Daily Life.