“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.)”
John 4:9 (NASB)
Jesus spoke to her. She was shocked. But she had to know why…so she asked Him. The encounter led to a frank conversation about spiritual matters. She had some important questions answered and ultimately came to trust Him. In fact, it so changed her that she went back to her community and told everyone who would listen all about it. Eventually, many of them believed.
Would people be shocked if you took the initiative to speak to them about spiritual matters? Think back…when was the last time you brought it up?
Don Whitney tells the story of a man who was radically converted at an evangelistic crusade in a city in the northwest USA. He was so excited about the change in his life and wanted everyone to know about it. At work the next day he told every person he saw. The man’s boss noticed something was going on and had him come to his office. He asked him what had happened.
The man proceeded to tell his boss about the crusade and the change that had taken place in his life the moment he placed his faith in Jesus Christ. The boss responded that he was happy for him and told him that he too was a Christian. He said that it was the reason he treated his employees fairly and honestly. He said his faith was a very important part of his life.
The employee was shocked and told him “he was the reason that he did not become a Christian before now.” The boss was taken back and asked how that could be possible.
The employee said he always respected his boss and saw him as a very successful role model to follow in business. He assumed the secret to his success was in simply treating others fairly and honestly, and working hard. Since he had never heard about his Christian faith, he figured that his boss didn’t need religion to be successful. If he didn’t need it then neither would he.
Silence is problematic for a “fisher of men.” No one will ever know how to connect with Jesus Christ, be forgiven of his or her sin, and receive the gift of eternal life by simply watching the positive moral lifestyle of a follower of Christ. They may wish they had what you have but they will be left to themselves to figure out a way to get it. There’s no guarantee that they associate it with your faith.
“Fishers of men” talk about spiritual matters. They initiate conversations and bring it up. They don’t profess to have all the answers but they are very well acquainted with the Gospel message. They also know how receiving this message has changed their life. Like the woman at the well, they are to tell others what they do know, rather than worry about what they don’t know.
When was the last time you talked to someone about Jesus Christ? When was the last time you encouraged someone to take the Gospel message seriously and place their faith in Jesus Christ? Isn’t it about time to do it again!?