The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."
Many of us like this woman at the well confused the two kinds of water, perhaps because many of us don't make the effort or take the time to talk to others about what spiritual hunger and thirst is. In reality, I don't think any one of us will even think of depriving our bodies of food and water when we are hungry or thirsty. So then should we deprive our souls of the living word which is God's written word?
This woman is no different from many of us today, especially Christians. A lot of us come to Jesus only for what we think we might benefit from Him - an easier life free from challenges. The truth is, that isn't the case. Jesus Christ did not come to take away our challenges, rather He came to change us on the inside by empowering us to deal with problems from God's perspective. Just as the woman at the well with Jesus did not understand right away what Jesus was talking about, so it is with most of us when we come to Christ. It takes time to accept and understand something that changes the foundations of our lives. In our quest to share the Gospel with others, we need to allow them time to ask questions and to put the pieces together for themselves as the Holy Spirit directs them.
I speak to people everyday when I get the opportunity about Christ and to some unbelieving friends on a regular basis but the truth is it does not always have an immediate result. And it doesn't also mean they will never come to accept the Jesus Christ - the truth. Once we witness to someone about Jesus Christ, a seed is sown. And we leave the rest to Jesus to change their lives through the Holy Spirit as He gives them time to weigh the matter in their hearts.
Don't give up on the friends, neighbours and colleagues you have been witnessing to about Jesus Christ. Keep on sharing the light of Christ with them and allow time for the Holy Spirit to do the converting and convicting.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.--1 Corinthians 12:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.--Ephesians 2:13
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,--Romans 3:22
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