The woman … went into town, and told the men, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did!”—John 4:28-29
In the true Christian heart, sharing is instinctive. What was the instinct of the woman at the well as soon as she had received salvation? It was to share what she had found with others.
What I am saying will cause some people to feel guilty, especially those who do not find it easy to share their faith. It is not that we should go out and accost everyone we meet with the message of salvation, but we do need to be alert for every opportunity and to take advantage of it.
The four words which most succinctly summarize the gospel are each found in the Scripture passage before us today. They are these: “come … see … went … told.” We get a firsthand knowledge—”come and see”—and then the instinctive impulse takes over—”go and tell.” And if there is no “go and tell” impulse, then perhaps the “come and see” impulse is not ours, or at least it has ceased to hold a commanding place in our lives.
A woman once wrote to me following something I had written in Every Day with Jesus and said: “I had a real experience of God and refused to share it with anyone, so it died.” How sad. J. B. Phillips’ translation of 2 Corinthians 9:10 is luminous: “He who gives the seed to the sower …” See the inference? He gives seed only to the one who uses it—the sower. If we won’t use the seed, then we won’t get it. Our powers are either dead or dedicated. If they are dedicated, they are alive with God. If they are saved up or conserved, they die.
O Father, I ask not for an experience of You—I already have that. I ask rather for the courage to share it with others. Give me some seed today, and help me to sow it in prepared hearts. For Your own dear name’s sake. Amen.
1Pt 3:1-16; Ps 66:16; Isa 63:7
What must we always be prepared to do?
How did Isaiah and the psalmist do this?