Guest Blogger, Retha Groenewald
The love of God is such an important ingredient to evangelism. Tiffany experienced the love of God, and she couldnt keep it to herself.
Tiffany S. from Visalia, CA said:
"I love being able to share God's word! In the last 2 years I have grown so much in Christ! I love God and I love showing others how much God loves them. I cannot wait to be able to bless others with the Gospels of John the way I am being blessed."
Jesus commanded us to go out and make disciples of men, and that is what Jesus did. The disciples saw firsthand how the love of God, changed people.
Tiffanys story reminded me of the story of the woman at the well in John 4. Jesus and his disciples were on their way home walking through Samaria from Jerusalem to Galilee. In the middle of the day, Jesus sat down at a well. His disciples went into town to buy some food. A Samaritan woman was at the well and Jesus asked her for water to drink. She was surprised, because the Jews despised the Samaritans. Then Jesus and she had a conversation.
During the conversation Jesus told her that if she knew who He was, she would never thirst again. This intrigued the woman a lot, because Jesus didnt have a jug for water. Jesus answered her question where is the right place to worship God, by saying God is Spirit and He should be worshipped in spirit and in truth. When the woman realized who He was, the love of God overwhelmed her so much, she left her water jar and ran back to the town of Sychar to tell everybody about Jesus. She couldnt keep the good news to herself. She had to tell everybody.
The result was that the whole town came to listen to Jesus. They invited Jesus to stay with them, and Jesus did; He stayed with them for two days. A revival broke out when the whole town accepted Jesus Christ as the long awaited Messiah, and as their Savior.
The woman at the well was a scorned woman that had had 5 husbands and was living with a man who wasnt her husband. She came to the well to fetch water in the middle of the day, the hottest time of the day, to avoid the people of the town.
This same woman was so overwhelmed by Jesus Christ being the long awaited Messiah, she didnt care what people thought about her, she had to evangelize and tell her known world about Jesus Christ. The same people that scorned and mocked her, heard Gods truth when she spoke. The Gospel of John tells us that they all ran to the well to hear Jesus speak. They believed her and when they heard Jesus, they were all saved.
The love of God is so powerful, it changes the world. It changed a whole town by one womans testimony about Jesus Christ. This woman wasnt an evangelist; she wasnt a disciple of Jesus that sat under His teaching for three and a half years. She was a sinful woman who experienced the love of God. She opened her heart to Jesus Christ, and her whole world changed instantaneously. In that split of a second she came to realize who she was, a child of God, made in His image and likeness. In that split of a second when she accepted Jesus as her Savior, her sins were forgiven. She was no longer the sinful woman but a child of God.
When she ran to the village to tell the people about Jesus, she wasnt the same woman anymore. The people of the town didnt mock here when she ran shouting into the village. They didnt ignore her because she wasnt worthy. They listened and heard. They listened because they experienced the love of God pouring from her. They saw her in a different light. They saw God in her.
Evangelism is spreading the good news. It takes only one person to start a revival, all because of the love of God.
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