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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Unqualified Evangelist (John 4)

I think when most Christians see Jesus' command to share the gospel, we think "invite people to church." But Jesus actually meant for all of us to go share the gospel, even if we are totally unqualified and totally untrained, like the Samaritan woman at the well.

So if Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20 that we all are to go and share the gospel, why do we not think that applies to us?

Some will say, "well I don't know how." Guess what, neither did the Samaritan woman at the well.

John 4:28-29 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, [29] “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?

The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well, had no discipleship or evangelism training. She just met Jesus and talked to Him for a few moments and believed Him when He told her that He was the Messiah, the Christ.

With no training and no qualifications, she ran back to the town and asked the question, "Could this man be the Messiah? God used her very short, 30 second, faith story to penetrate the hearts of many in the town of Sychar, causing them to believe in Jesus:

John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."

This woman was divorced multiple times and living in adultery. She was at the well at noon because she was rejected by society and didn't want to go to the well when the other women would be there. She was a nobody, a reject, the most unlikely person for God to use to share the gospel and invite people to come to Him.

But she shared anyway. What did this woman have that we don't have?

She got over her fear of rejection and shared anyway. She left her water jar behind, went back to the town center to the crowd who knew she was a nobody and shared anyway, risking their rejection.

What would it take for each of us to be willing to risk rejection and share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, anyway?

Dear Lord, Please put it on my heart who needs to hear the gospel today. Lord, I know many who are close to me but far from You. Lord, please give me the opportunity to share the story of your love, grace, and salvation with someone today. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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