Jesus Always Sees Potential in Everyone to Join His Mission
Topic: Sent for the Sake of Others Passage: John 4:27–4:42
Do you see yourself as a missionary? Not all of us do. Maybe you feel unqualified, ashamed or unsuitable for the job.
Well, take heart!
Jesus always sees potential in everyone to join his mission.
As we see in the preaching text, the candidate he chose to be an agent of transformation for an entire town was very unlikely for several reasons. First, she was a woman, and women were considered very low in society. Their testimonies were considered basically worthless. In addition, she was from Samaria. Jews and Samaritans hated each other. Thirdly, after five failed marriages and a current adulterous relationship, she was left broken, hurt and rejected.
How did Jesus change her life? He revealed to her that he knew her and fully accepted her. This impacted her so deeply that she ran into her own town, to the people that probably had rejected her for a long time, and testified about Jesus in such an authentic way that many ended up believing in him.
My prayer is that Jesus touches all of us, too, and that we no longer feel disqualified or ashamed.
If you had asked Jesus’s disciples when they first arrived on the scene, whether they agreed that the “fields were white for harvest,” they may have said something to the effect of, “Are you kidding? No!” Their cultural and religious prejudices made them color-blind to the effect that what was white for harvest seemed rather brown and rotten. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see what he sees so that we don’t miss out on opportunities to bring in the harvest.
Taking it home: Ask the Holy Spirit how to get involved in the mission opportunities our church offers.