Day 27: Love for the City
The Samaritan woman said to Jesus, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
Jesus was a master at turning ordinary conversations into spiritual conversations and pointing people to their deepest need of salvation in Him. You’ll never know when a person’s heart is ripe for this kind of conversation unless you try!
Call to Action: As you’re having an ordinary conversation with someone this week, ask things like: 1) How can I pray for you? 2) What one question would you ask God if you could? [If it helps, it’s okay for you to say your pastor asked you to ask!]
- Was it difficult to turn a conversation this direction? Describe your experience. What would’ve made it easier/more natural?
- What are some other simple questions you could ask to get someone to ponder his/her spiritual life for at least a moment?
- How might sharing your own questions for God open a door?
Lord Jesus, help me to overcome the awkwardness and embarrassment I feel when talking about God and eternity, especially with non-believers. Give me a love and a compassion that overcomes my fears. By your Spirit, teach me and enable me to talk about you to all kinds of people. For Christ’s sake, Amen.