39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (John 4:39-42 NIV)
Stop what you are doing right now. Take out a pen and piece of paper. Now, write down the names of three people that you know, that want absolutely nothing to do with God, church, or Jesus. If you are like me then three names easily come to mind. They may be family members, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, teammates, employees or your boss or coach. You’ve prayed for them in the past, but you haven’t really prayed with expectation. As a matter of fact, deep in your heart you know that the chances of your three friends coming to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life is slim and none.
I want to interrupt that thought by urging you to read our Scripture again. Jesus was not in Jerusalem, the epicenter of worship. He wasn’t strolling through the Bible Belt. He was in Samaria. They had their own way of thinking. They had their own way of doing things. They had their own “spirituality.” Their names were on the list of some of Jesus’ followers who just knew that they could care less about God, church, or Jesus. Yet, look what God did in the hearts of many people in Samaria.
Not only did God do a marvelous work in the hearts of the folks in Samaria, but did you notice that Jesus was willing to stay two days with them? He wasn’t “chillin'” either. John says, “And because of his words many more became believers.” For two days Jesus was teaching. He was preaching. He was loving the folks in Samaria. He was sharing with them the Good News of the Kingdom. He was sharing a meal with them. He was praying for them, with them. Look at what God did as Jesus shared His life with the people of Samaria. I wonder what God will do if we, the followers, will read this today and share our lives with those who will be around us today? I’m going to give it a try.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will give me the love I need to make sharing life with others an important priority today.