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Series: Luis Palau | Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

On “Reaching your World” this week Luis Palau looks at the encounter Jesus had with a Samaritan woman by a well. What can we learn from Him about personal evangelism? As always, Luis gives us thoughtful messages from the Scriptures. 

Confidence in our Calling - 1 Friday, December 4, 2020

During the ongoing crises of 2020, now more than ever God calls us to walk confidently. God wants us to walk confidently in obedience to His calling on our lives. First, because the Lord knows the desires of our heart, Psalm 37:4. Second, God knows us better than we know ourselves, Romans 8:27. Third, every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord, James 1:17.

While Satan comes for one purpose only - to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came so that we may have life, and have it in abundance, a full life. John 10:10. And this abundant life needs to be shared with the world. God is not a cosmic killjoy. Instead, He is the One who lavishes on us the greatest happiness...when we choose to follow Him.

My dad, Luis Palau, has lived this truth. From his early days as a street evangelist to present-day ongoing treatment for Stage IV lung cancer, my dad takes each day as an opportunity to read the Bible, pray, listen to the Lord, and remember God’s ongoing call on his own life. It’s a powerful example for me. I trust it is for you as well.

Let’s always remember that the Lord lavishes the greatest happiness on us...when we choose to follow Him. Together, let’s do just that.

This is Andrew Palau.

Avoid Controversy Thursday, December 3, 2020

Sometimes I meet people who just love to argue. They are not particularly interested in what I have to say, but just make a controversial statement and invite me to defend my position. No way! I’m not going to get dragged into that. 

Interestingly, Jesus Himself did a bit of a sidestep in His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar. We read in John chapter 4 that she rather argumentatively pointed out that her ancestors worshiped God there on Mount Gerizim, but the Jews said God should be worshiped in Jerusalem. Rather than digging into history to argue the matter, Jesus merely focused on the act of worship itself. He pointed out that who and how she worshiped was more important than where.

Lately, I have been bringing up the cross of Christ when someone tries to drag me into an argument. That precious cross is where our faith begins and ends. Jesus died and then rose from the dead. He lives today. In fact, He has promised to live in anyone who will accept His gift of salvation and acknowledge Him as their Savior and Lord.

That is the best news that we can share with someone. “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

This is Luis Palau.

Feeling Tongue-tied? Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Some people have told me, “But Luis, I get flustered and don’t know what to say when I’m talking to someone about the Good News of Jesus.” I suggest you take a tip from how Jesus handled His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. You can find the story at the beginning of John chapter 4. Jesus began by making a simple request, “Will you give me a drink?”

When the woman expressed amazement that He, a Jew, would ask a Samaritan for anything, Jesus gave her a classic if…then statement. “If you knew who was asking you for water, then you would have asked him for the living water he can give.” (John 4:10)

Jesus spoke in a conversational style she was familiar with. Let’s cultivate that style ourselves as we talk with our neighbors. If they are depressed, then Jesus can bring joy. If they are angry, Jesus offers peace. Jesus portrays Himself in the Gospels as the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Living Water. He is sufficient to fulfil any human need, and we just need to point people to Him. Focus on Jesus and who He is rather than on those not-so-brilliant conversation skills.

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Shapes, not Shames Tuesday, December 1, 2020

There is a fascinating account in John chapter 4 in the Bible, of an encounter between Jesus and a woman of Samaria. It seems she was shunned by the other women of the town and had come to the well at a time when there would be no one else there. But Jesus was sitting there alone and asked her for a drink.

After opening a conversation with the woman, Jesus told her to go and get her husband. She stated, “I have no husband.” Jesus, who knew that she had had five husbands previously and was now living with a man she was not married to, matter-of-factly agreed. He did not condemn her or shame her, but gently went on to reveal to her His identity as the Messiah.

We can follow Jesus’ example of not shaming someone, but rather focusing on Jesus Himself, who He is and what He wants to do for us. As He told the Samaritan woman, “Those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14 NLT)

People around us are thirsty for truth, hope, and forgiveness. Let’s tell them how to find that in Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

A Simple Question Monday, November 30, 2020

It is normal these days for our cities and suburban areas to be populated by people from various nations. So, what does reaching your world look like when you live amidst folks from India, Hong Kong, Somalia, and Guatemala? I went back to the Bible, John chapter 4, to see how Jesus handled a cross-cultural encounter.

A Samaritan woman, coming to draw water from the well in Sychar, met Jesus who was sitting there alone. He opened the conversation with a very simple, everyday request, “Will you give me a drink?”

When you want to begin a conversation with someone, ask a simple question – “What is the meaning of your name?” “What was your life like in your country of origin?” As you listen to the answers, make a mental note of something you can respond to and build on.

Jesus did that and went on to reveal to the woman that He is the source of the living water she so desperately needed. He offered to quench her spiritual thirst. We can offer, through Jesus, that same living water. Let’s introduce our neighbors to Him.

This is Luis Palau.

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