The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? -John 4:28-29 KJV
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. -Luke 14:23 KJV
The distance from Dallas to my hometown of Gladewater is about 115 miles. This translates into a drive lasting anywhere from an hour and 45 minutes to two hours and 15 minutes, depending upon traffic and construction. Sometimes I like to use that time to catch up with friends and check on the Saints, particularly those who are advanced in age. One of the older missionaries in East Texas came to mind, and I decided to surprise her with a phone call. Her delight in hearing my voice matched the delight I felt in hearing hers.
“What have you been up to today?” I asked. She told me she’d taken advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and done some gardening. “I made sure to listen to the weather report last night so I could be ready,” she explained. “When I saw the first light of the sun, I got my rake and my hoe, and sprang into action!” she exclaimed. “It felt so good to be digging around in my little yard,” she laughed. “We’re in revival at the church, so tonight I’m going to be working the altar – laboring in the Lord’s vineyard!”
Her joy at the opportunities presented to her to work in both her garden and “the Lord’s vineyard” both amused and inspired me. I thought about the woman at the well, who so many years ago labored to get physical water; the type that would eventually leave her thirsty and empty. Much like her life, her quest for water was representative of the things she (and pretty much everyone else) long for and desire: love; a sense of belonging; fulfilling relationships.
Thankfully for her (and for us), she met Jesus, the One who satisfies the deepest longing of our hearts and souls by bringing us into true relationship with Himself. Shaken and transformed by her encounter, she couldn’t keep the good news to herself. Leaving her water pot at the well, she sprang into action and ran back to her city. Her witness was so compelling she brought many to meet the Lord. John gives the report, telling us, “And because of his words many more became believers” (John 4:41).
Let’s take an example from the missionary back home and from the Samaritan woman. Let’s take advantage of the opportunities we have to share the gospel with others. If we can’t seem to find any opportunities, let’s create them. Every day, souls are going into the judgment– many of them lost and condemned to an eternity without God. We can make an eternal difference – Let’s Spring Into Action!