2021_10_29 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- John 3-4
“This is the verdict: Light had come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” John 3:19-20
There is something very unsettling about someone's sin being exposed by the light. This exposure gives way to fear, guilt and possibly downplaying the sin in an attempt to give an excuse for why it happens. Maybe you know people who would rather hide from God, or anyone who reminds them of him. As I have been reading John chapters 3 and 4, I've been thinking of those I know who are not believers. Most of those dear friends and family members will do anything to steer the conversation so we don't have to talk about God. I am left feeling the weight of wanting to evangelize and conscious of my failure!
The evangelism example Jesus sets for us in chapters 3 and 4 is quite different. It is motivated by love and full of invitation. When Jesus meets with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well he makes it known that he is fully aware of her sin. This woman had five husbands and was currently with someone who was not her husband. She quite likely would have been an outcast in her community, shown by how she was drawing water alone in the heat of the day instead of the cooler hours when others would gather. Jesus shares with her what life is like surrendered to the light: Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:13-14).
What if our example to those who don't know Jesus was evidence of the living water that quenches our thirst? What if Jesus in us looked like a spring of living water that spoke of a different way? Perhaps then we would communicate God's love for the world and how he wants no one to perish. The real motivation behind our evangelism.
God, you say the fields are ripe for harvest and I know people who are in need of the salvation, healing and fullness that you bring.
As I think of those people now, Father, show them your love.
Let me be a witness that declares who you are.
Holy Spirit prepare the way for them to hear the message of the gospel of truth.
In Jesus name
Prayer Team Lead