Leaving Our Water Pots

Ever Ready to Share the Gospel

By Beth K Fortune
  • January 27, 2015

She thought she was just making a routine trip to the village well. Little did she know she how drastically her life was about to change. Jesus was already at the well, weary from traveling, and He asked her for a drink—despite the fact that, in those days, Jews didn’t speak to Samaritans, and a Jewish man certainly wouldn’t speak to a Samaritan woman. But apparently she was none too timid herself, for she came right out and asked Jesus why He was speaking to her.

Jesus answered her questions and more, and before the conversation was over, she had been convicted of her sins and came to believe in Jesus as the Messiah (John 4:7-26).

But it’s what she did next that stands out in my mind. John 4:28 says, “So the woman left her water pot, and went into the city.” She was so excited that she dropped everything, including her present task at the well. Retrieving drinkable water was no longer important. Telling others about her encounter with Jesus had become her priority.

While I enjoy the moments when Jesus reminds me of His love, teaches me a new truth, or helps me handle a difficult situation, those moments are not only for me. I should be sharing my experiences with others.

Now Jesus may not be leaning against water fountains, standing in produce aisles, or waiting in line at the bank, but we are. Are you taking these opportunities to share Him with others? Or have you become so focused on other tasks that you’ve forgotten your primary goal—to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20)?

So what holds us back? Time constraints? Busyness? Our jobs, chores, hobbies, errands, or even church activities? Are you ready to drop your water pots and tell others about the living water Christ offers to us all?

Need a little boost of courage? Dr. Stanley explains why we can share the truth with confidence in his message, “The Reason for Our Boldness.”

Related Topics:  Obedience  |  Listening to God  |  Evangelism

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Whether it’s our own or the voice of someone else, we must always be careful to follow the Lord rather than human reasoning.

By Charles F. Stanley

7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink."

8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, `Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

11 She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?

12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?"

13 Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;

14 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."

15 The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw."

16 He said to her, Go, call your husband and come here."

17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband." Jesus said to her, You have correctly said, `I have no husband';

18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly."

19 The woman said to Him, Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."

21 Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

25 The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."

26 Jesus said to her, I who speak to you am He. "

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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