Ministry in a Foreign Context (John 4:1-30)

“So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph,” John 4:5

Each day he dreaded it more and more.  Each day this man would have feelings of great anxiety as he waited for the clock to go off.  Then he knew it was time to get up and get ready for the awful assignment of going to work once again.

Question, “Does this sound like you and your day?”  If so, you are in the company of many people.  I wonder, must Jesus have felt this way as his work had brought him into this world (His foreign context)?

Our answer comes to us clear in our More For Christ readings.  Jesus even though weary stayed focused on his work.  Here we find him in the region of Samaria.  This was truly a foreign context for the Jewish carpenter.  Any standup Jew would not even go near these people who were considered outcasts from the Jewish people.  But we see Jesus intentionally going here.

Very quickly we understand Jesus purpose in going.  There was a woman of Samaria who was in great need of the gospel.  As Jesus engages this woman it is clear to see, “She is focused on earthly things whereas our Lord is focused on eternal things.” Here is what Jesus said, “The water that I will give you will become in you a spring of living water welling up to eternal life.”

The conversation continues as Jesus is moving her to a place of understanding that the Messiah is our greatest need.  After much discussion Jesus has her ready for the most important revelation.  Here is what Jesus says, “I who speak to you am he.”  

In this moment we discover a life change in this woman.  She immediately goes out and proclaims Jesus to others.

Question, “If this were to happen at your place of work, would it change you mindset?”  I mean, would you have a desire to go to work if the gospel would work like it did for Jesus?  Well brothers and sisters I have good news, ‘The gospel will work if you share it with the love and joy of Christ.”

This day I was greatly convicted to have the right attitude toward every part of my life.  I was reminded, “This world is not our home.”  I was reminded, “In this foreign context, I am to sow the seed of the gospel so that many may come to Him!!!”

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