Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 1:17 which reads: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Billy Graham: “The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 20 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is not following the example of the disciples.
In our previous broadcast we looked at the first and second reasons why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples. Today we will look at the third and fourth reasons.
3. The disciples missed the obvious spiritual opportunity right in front of their faces.
Here was a lost woman who was ripe for salvation, and they missed it. Here was Jesus showing them an eternal opportunity in the midst of a daily routine, and they did not notice. All they thought about was the food. They failed to realize that real soul-nourishing “food” is doing God’s work, not feeding your face.
John 4:32-34 reads: But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Sadly, unlike the woman and Jesus, the disciples were so distracted by the physical dimension of food and eating, they missed the spiritual point entirely. The woman was willing to drop her water pot to pursue a Savior. Yet the disciples were not willing to drop their religious prejudice and cultural dislike for the Samaritans in order to see the spiritual harvest.
4. The disciples failed to see the spiritual harvest ripe before them.
John 4:35 reads: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
Jesus told His disciples to wake up and look around. Not only was a woman open to salvation, but a whole town was also ready for harvest. To them evangelism of Samaritans was not an option. Even as the people were coming to Jesus, the disciples were too blinded by their location and the cultural hatred for the Samaritans to rejoice over what God was doing. Although it was directly in front of them, the disciples refused to see the harvest!
Often opportunity is in the eye of the beholder. When the disciples saw the Samaritans, they saw a large group of people who weren’t worth their time because they weren’t Jewish. When Jesus saw the Samaritans, He saw a whole group of people who were ripe for salvation. So while they mumbled about sandwiches, Jesus evangelized a woman and started a spiritual revival.
Jesus’ excitement is in obvious contrast to the disciples’ unconcern over the lost state of the Samaritans. To Him the harvest was at hand. If we would only look at people through Jesus’ eyes, we could see the deep thirst in their souls.
In our next broadcast, we will look at the fifth and sixth reasons why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples.