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Written by Ir. David Kurniadi   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:59

Jesus once met a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. This woman was a sacrilegious woman. She already had five husbands, and the sixth one was not neither her husband. It was not a coincident. There was no coincident with the Lord. He knows everything. So, there was a purpose behind this meeting. The Lord likes to take an extreme example to teach His disciples, including us. What teaching we could learn from this story?


In the eyes of man such woman cannot be used as God’s instrument, especially for evangelizing. The church has its own criteria for a person to become God’s servant: the capability, background and moral quality. So there is no way to use the sacrilegious woman as an instrument for the work of God.


But the Lord had a different point of view. In His eyes this woman could be changed and used as instrument for evangelization: the thing that unthinkable by the human mind. So the Lord talked with that woman, explaining about the power of the Holy Spirit, whom He called as “Living Water” that can satisfy her soul and changed her life beautifully.


And this Samaritan woman began interested with the Lord’s teaching. She began to open her heart. Then the Lord told her about whom she really was, though the woman never knew Jesus before. That made her wondered and realized that Jesus was not an ordinary man. She believed that Jesus was a prophet, even more than just a prophet: a Messiah. She was pretty sure because Jesus had shown her one typical act of a Messiah: telling her everything about her life. And Jesus confirmed to her that He is the Messiah: the One that Israel had been waiting for.


She believed Jesus is the Savior. Thus the Lord had changed her life to become a believer. She received the forgiveness of her sins and the eternal life as the Lord promised her.


“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).


This encounter changed the Samaritan woman radically. She was so exciting to meet the One who had been waited for by Israel for a long time. She immediately went to the city and told everyone that she had met the Messiah, and she urged the people to go with her to meet Him. And the people of the city followed her and met Jesus, and they believed on Him after they have heard His word. They believed that Jesus is Christ, the Savior of the world.


What a fantastic thing has happened because one sacrilegious woman can bring many people to Jesus and made them believe on Him as Christ, the Savior of the world!


This woman didn’t just become a believer, but she had become an evangelist for Christ; at least for the people in her town. While modern Christians quite satisfy as the church member, and they don’t have any zeal to share their salvation with others. They neglect the Great Commission the Lord has given them.


Why did Jesus do this; saving the sacrilegious woman? Before Jesus appointed His disciples to preach the Gospel He wanted to give an extreme example from this story for them and all believers that the Lord is able to change the life no matter what situation or condition they have, and that they can be used by the Lord as His instrument to spread the Good News and win the souls for the Kingdom of God. Jesus proved that He could change even the sacrilegious woman and use her to become an evangelist for the people of her town. So, actually there isn’t any reason for us to say that we cannot be changed and used by the Lord.


Since long time ago God often used deliberately unqualified person in the eyes of the world to become His instrument to carry out His plan and purpose. For example, when God wanted to build a nation for His own, He chose Abraham and Sara – a barren woman – to become the father and mother of many nations. During the time of the judges, when God wanted to deliver Israel from the nations who oppressed them, He chose Gideon - a man who felt himself so inferior - to become a hero and a leader for the people of Israel to set them free from their oppressors. When nobody dared to fight against Goliath, God chose David a teenager shepherd to fight against him and defeated him. When God wanted to set the Israel free from Pharaoh, He chose Moses, the one who had become a lowly shepherd and stuttered to speak to Pharaoh.


“For God deliberately chose what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame” (1 Corinthians 1:27).


The Lord didn’t choose Paul, a clever man, a man who was competent in theology, to become the first missionary. Instead He chose a sacrilegious Samaritan woman to become the first evangelist for the people of her own town in Samaria. If Paul were chosen in the first place, then the other would feel inferior and consider them selves as inadequate. The Lord didn’t choose Paul in the first place so there is no reason for us to think that the Lord cannot change us and use us as His instrument for preaching the good news and winning the souls for Christ.


The problem is that so many people after receiving Christ as Savior stop at the point of being church members and good Christians. They become the consumers of church services and sermons. They regularly attend the church meeting and hear the sermon but don’t care about salvation of others. They never think about winning the lost souls for Christ. They just enjoy their Christian’s life until they hear the Heaven’s call to meet their Creator.


As the result they become the Christians that have no appetite for witnessing Christ to other people. They have no delight in winning the souls. While Christ Himself said: “My meat (my primary needs and my delight) is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and finish His work.”


The church member type Christians also cannot see the opportunity of winning the souls that the Lord has actually set for them. They just busy with their own affairs and are exhausted and have no energy left to care about other people salvation. They know there is the Lord’s command for them to preach the Gospel and winning the souls for the Kingdom of God, but they always try to postpone the obligation by saying: “there are still for months for harvesting.”


To postpone the command of the Lord is the stratagem of the Devil. He doesn’t forbid Christians to attend the church or hear the sermon, but he will always seduce the Christians to postpone their duty, until everything is late. “There will be the time,” the Lord says, “that no man can work.”


Talking about harvest time for soul winning, the Lord says: “This is the time.” We don’t have to wait, because the fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvest is there, but people are not ready to reap. They don’t even willing to go to the field. They are busy with their own life and cannot see the harvest. They are enjoying their Christian life: attending the church services, listening to the sermons, and live a good life.


At the other hand, some other Christians avoid their duty because they feel inadequate to become the Lord’s witness, because they always look at their inferiority.


“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35).


To those Christians who always feel inadequate, the Lord suggests them to see the example of the Samaritan woman. So, actually we have no reason to feel inadequate, because the Lord Himself will equip and empower us to become His effective witness that is by the power of the Holy Spirit.


“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).


The Lord does not question our ability but our readiness and willingness to response His calling. The harvest is abundant but the reapers are few (Luke 10:2). We must pray to the Lord of the harvest to send us into His field, which is already ripe and ready for harvest, to become the reaper.


The time is limited, the harvest time will not last forever, there will be a time that the season will be changed and the crops will be rotten because not reaped. To give ability are the Lord’s business, but willingness and readiness are ours.


For those who are willing and ready to reap, He has set the rewards that they may receive it and they will bring their sheaves to be presented before the Lord. We will surely go to heaven because of our faith in Jesus, but the question is whether we have boldness to see the Lord’s face that day and not ashamed when we go to heaven empty handed?


Therefore the church must convert their members from just an attendant and consumer of services and sermons to become the harvester, the soul winner, and effective witness for Jesus. Don’t be fooled by the Devil’s stratagem that makes Christians just enjoying their life while neglecting the Lord’s command.


That’s why the Lord was not only minister as the Lamb of God but also as the Baptizer with the Spirit (John 1:29-33). Jesus didn’t come only to save the sinners that they may have eternal life in heaven, but more over He came so that the believers will become His witnesses and bring the world to Him. For these purposes Jesus had shed His blood and poured out the Holy Spirit.


The Lord is ready to change us, equip and empower us, that we may able to become His effective instrument for the end-time harvesting. Are we ready and willing to be His faithful instruments, or we just satisfy enough as the church members?


The Lord as the Baptizer with the Spirit is the One who creates and prepares the harvest by pouring out His Spirit upon all men (Joel 2:28). The outpouring of Holy Spirit is not exclusively only for the church. He poured out His Spirit upon the church in order that the Christians could be converted from ordinary church members to become the effective harvesters. But Christ also poured out His Spirit upon all men so that men will have a conviction about sin; sin for not believing Christ (John 16:8).


This conviction prepares the sinners as the great harvest and makes them ready to be reaped. When these two parties meet together, the harvest and the reapers, then the harvest time happened.


For instance, we can see it from the event of the first Pentecost. After the Lord was exalted by the right hand of the Father and having received of the Father the promise of the Spirit, the Lord poured out the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33). The Spirit came down upon the hundred and twenty believers who were praying together at the upper room (Acts 2:1). The outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the believers was accompanied with the supernatural phenomenon like a rushing mighty wind, the tongues of fire and speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:2-4).


But actually the Spirit was also poured out upon the people who were gathered near the place where the hundred and twenty disciples were praying, but without phenomenon. Without the outpouring of the Spirit upon them it is impossible for men to repent and believe in Jesus. So the Spirit, without being seen, was hovering upon them to prepare their hearts for the Gospel; anticipating the words of God that will be spoken by Peter. And then Peter who was filled with the Spirit stood up together with the other disciples and began to speak out the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:14). The words, which were spoken by Peter, were pricked in their heart (Acts 2:37), and they asked Peter how could they be saved? This was the harvest time, and this was the work of the Holy Spirit!


Thus we can see here the collaboration of the Holy Spirit and the believers who were ready to reap the harvest. The Holy Spirit prepares the harvest, and the believers willing and ready to become harvesters.


If there were no believer who were willing and ready – this was shown by their obedient to the Lord’s command to wait for the outpouring of the Spirit – then there will be no harvesting of the three thousands souls. So the problem is not the harvest but the lack of harvester.


“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field” (Luke 10:2).


Abundant harvest is there and waiting for the reaper, but the Christian says that harvest time has not yet come and they keep waiting for the time when they will go to reap. They were standing idle all the day (Matthew 20:6). They never go, and they also do not prepare themselves to reap the harvest. Their eyes could not see that the harvest is already there, waiting for them to reap. Now hear again what the Lord says: “Open your eyes and look! The field is already ripe for harvest!”


So, stand up and go! Don’t just standing idle and enjoying your good life, enjoying the anointing, but go, meet the people, share your testimony and win their souls. The Holy Spirit is working now, making the harvest ready, and anticipating the words from your mouth: the words of testimony about Christ! Let these good words come forth from your mouth so people who hear it would receive God’s grace! (Ephesians 4:29).


The great rewards are waiting for those who would go and reap the harvest. And the Lord will empower and equip them with the power of the Holy Spirit. “Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvest a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together” (John 4:36).


The wonderful thing is when one day we will hear the calling from Heaven, and we meet our Lord face to face: we will meet Him joyfully, because we have worked all the day in His field, reaping the harvest of souls, and now the great reward is waiting: the Lord, the Lord Himself is our great reward!    


We should thank the Samaritan woman who has given us an example of winning the souls for Christ.

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