John 4:8 Reaching The Unwanted

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) John 4:8

Most groups of people have other groups that they do not like to be around. Some are full ethnic groups that hate other ethnic groups. The majority are not against ethnicity, but against people who are undesirable or different.

Often the ones being shunned are the mentally disabled, handicapped, gang members, drug addicts, murderers, criminals and other such people. Sometimes they are people of a different social class or position.

Jesus began to talk to a Samaritan woman at a well. She asked Him why He was talking to her, because Jews had nothing to do with them.

Church members are often seen to do what the Samaritan woman expected, to not talk to or approach certain people. Some believe that there is no hope for them at all. Others do it because they want to remain pure and do not want to be contaminated by sin.

There is hope for everyone. No one is beyond redemption by Jesus. All they need is someone to reach out and tell them there is hope.

While it is true that one should not be contaminated by the sins of others, people still need to be reached with the gospel message. One can speak with a sinner and not pick up their sin, nor just condemn their sin, but needs to love them and point them to the need for Jesus and to turn from sin.

During the time of Jesus, the Israelites would have nothing to do with any Samaritan. They were considered an outcast in society. Along with that, men did not talk to women. Jesus did both these taboo things and the woman and many in her town were saved.

There are most likely some people that you know of that are of a very different social status than you. They live in sinful ways that you do not want to be a part of.

Instead of avoiding them, go to them and bring the gospel message to them. Love them enough to point them to their need for Jesus. Allow God to strengthen you to resist the temptation to participate in their sin, but just like Jesus, to be a witness.

Who needs you to talk to them today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will go boldly to those who need to hear the gospel message; that you will love those Jesus loves; that you will boldly talk to the undesirable people about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Luke 15:2 What Are You Being Accused Of?

But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:2

It is commonly taught to children that they must be careful who they hang around with. The entire reason for this warning is that often people take on the character of those they are around.

When a person continually hangs around people of poor or bad character, they will often begin to have a poor or bad character. It is rare that one’s good character rubs off on to those with a bad character.

Tax collectors and sinners had been gathering around Jesus and He was eating with them. Some religious leaders were upset about His mingling and eating with the sinners.

During the time of Jesus walking on the earth, the tax collectors were seen as some of the lowest of low people on the earth. They were traitors to the rest of the Israelites in the eyes of many and worthy of only death. Yet, Jesus ate with them.

Many believers avoid people of very low reputation. Often it is because they do not want to be seen as accepting or promoting sinful behavior.

Jesus never accepted or promoted the sinful behavior in sinners. However, He did meet with them because He knew He had something that they needed–Himself.

Every believer has something that the world desperately needs–Jesus. The only way that the world can find out about Jesus is if a believer will take the time to be with them. Believers need to go to the sinners and spend time with them in order to be able to share the gospel message with them.

As this is done, some will misunderstand and accuse the believer of eating with sinners. Yet, if the focus is to get the message out, it is doing what Jesus did.

Looking at your own life, as a believer, you may ask who are you trying to reach with the gospel message. Are you trying to just reach other believers, or are you trying to reach the lost?

Jesus was focused upon reaching the lost. As a believer you must also have the same focus as Jesus. To have that focus, you must be willing to go where the world is and meet with them, talk with them and eat with them. This is not participating in their sins or promoting those sins, but bringing them God’s love and message.

Are you being accused of eating with sinners?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the heart of God to reach the lost; that you will bring Jesus to the world; that you will influence the world for God, and not allow the world to influence you for sin; and that all will accuse you of reaching the lost for God.

Luke 4:43 What Must You Do?

But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” Luke 4:43

People are given jobs to do with every position that they have in jobs. These are jobs that they must do and don’t have an option to choose to not do the job, or else they will lose their position.

In order to keep getting the paycheck, they are willing to do what is required. The good worker will stay focused on what his mission is and not get sidetracked.

As Jesus was getting ready to leave an area, the people tried to stop Him. He told them that He had to proclaim the good news to other towns, because that is why He was sent.

Every person, who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, has been given at least one mission. That mission is to proclaim the gospel message, that Jesus came to remove sins and bring new life to all people. How this looks and is accomplished may be different for each person, but the mission is still the same.

God expects every believer to spread the news about Jesus to every one that one can.

As a believer is doing this mission, it will be easy for one to get distracted. The world will try to stop them from moving on to a new place or person. Satan does not want this message passed on. Every time this message is passed on, Satan loses a little more in the battle.

Jesus did not lose focus on His mission, and every believer should be just like Him, not losing focus on the mission. No matter how many people a person gives the gospel message to, there are many more to pass it on to also.

Along with believing in Jesus, you also have the same mission that Jesus was given. You are to pass on the gospel message to everyone you can possibly pass it on to. Do not allow the cares and things of this world to distract you and stop you from that mission.

Millions are dying every day without knowing Jesus and you may be the one to tell some of them. Do not be afraid to testify to what you know about Jesus. Lives are dependent upon your God given mission.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; that you will tell others about the gospel message with no fear; that God will strengthen you to not get distracted from your mission on this earth; and that God will give you strength to do what needs to be done.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Need For Speed

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Watching television, people will see hundreds of advertisements. Once in a while there will be an advertisement that says that it is urgent that one acts upon some sale. It is only for a very short limited time. The message is pushed hard to get it out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

The reason for the hard push is to get results in a higher number of sales. The more people who hear it, the more who will make the purchase.

As Paul finishes this letter, he tells the people to pray that the gospel message he is presenting may spread more and more rapidly and that people will honor and accept it.

As important as it is for businesses to get the message out for a product they sell, there is a message that believers have that is even more important. The message of the gospel of Jesus is one of life and death importance.

Across the world there are approximately 256 people born every minute. At the same time, there are approximately 120 people dying in that same minute. None of those who are born and the majority of those who die have never heard of the salvation Jesus provides.

People are dying for all eternity because they do not know the truth.

Every believer has the truth and it needs to spread across the globe more and more rapidly. Since it is a matter of life and death, it cannot travel too fast.

The two things believers can do to stop the problem is to pray and to spread the gospel message as much as possible. God does not want anyone to perish.

Someone took the time to share the gospel message with you. As a believer now, you must take the time to share that same saving message with others.

Pray that God will show you ways to spread that message faster. Pray that God will raise up more workers to spread that saving message more. Pray that God will stir more hearts to accept Jesus as their Savior.

As thousands of people are being born and are dying every minute, how fast are you working to get the message of Jesus out to them?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will desire to spread the gospel message of Jesus to the world around you; that you will know the urgency of being a witness for Jesus; that you will pray that God will draw more people to Jesus; and that God will use you to save more lives from eternal judgement.

2 Corinthians 3:12 A Reason To Be Bold

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 2 Corinthians 3:12

For most people, being bold does not come easy. They may be bold in word and thought, but when it comes to action, most people often back down in the face of challenging their beliefs.

Being strong and bold is great in theory, when everything is going well and from a distance. Getting up close and into danger, requires a new level of boldness, that most do not have. It will often cause one to question himself and his abilities.

After talking about how the new covenant, in Christ, is much greater than the Mosaic covenant, Paul talks about being bold. He has such a great hope in Christ that he is very bold.

The more that a person is positive that he knows the truth, the more bold he can be in presenting that truth. This is especially true when it goes against the flow of common thought and action.

In most things in life, there is often a tiny shred of doubt left as to whether the thought or action is absolutely the best. The world often tries to say that there are no absolutes.

The believer who knows God’s word and believes completely in it, will have no doubts as to its value. He will have no doubts about the covenant Jesus has made in bringing about salvation.

As he is willing to fully believe in what Jesus did, he has a hope that is beyond anything this world can provide. This can give him a boldness to be a witness for Jesus in the face of persecution and death. He is willing to stand up strong for the gospel message and preach it everywhere he goes, because he knows that he knows it is true. It is an eternal hope.

You may fear being a witness for Jesus. You may question yourself and your belief causing you to back down. Look into the Scriptures and know what Jesus did for you and why He did it. Look at the boldness He had and take on that same boldness.

Know that you know that the gospel message is the greatest message any person may ever know. Now be bold and preach that gospel message, because of the eternal hope that you have in Jesus Christ. Pass it on to others who need it with no fear.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will have the boldness of Jesus in being His witness; and that you will boldly proclaim the gospel message of Jesus to all the world.