Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Be a friend and share the gospel

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

18th September 2011

Probably the most difficult part of sharing the Gospel is getting started.

The Gospel is all about Jesus and it has the power to change lives and bring true joy and happiness to find purpose for living.

But how do we begin to share this good news?

Let me suggest that it begins with you and me; how we live and how we relate to other people.

Here are three ways we could adopt:

1. Be a Friend

That means taking the effort to perform acts of kindness to others, even for people who irritate us and get under our skin. It means to surrender what we want to do for the benefit of another. It means to continue those acts of kindness even when our efforts go unnoticed and appreciated.

Being a friend means that no one can stop me from being friendly.

People may never accept me as their friend but they can’t stop me from being a friend to them.

2. Be a Servant

This is more than just performing lowly acts of service, like cleaning toilets, (although it may include this). It means getting underneath the heavy load that others are bearing and easing the burden.

Are we willing to be the servant of others by leaving what we are doing to help someone with a greater need?

Being a servant means that there are always a lot of emergencies that we must answer.

3. Be Faithful

This principle is important in our relationship to God and our service to others.

When we say to someone, ‘I will pray for you’, can they depend on us to do it?

When we say ‘I will do it’, can they rest assured that they don’t have to call you to remind you?

Can you work at your job without supervision knowing your heavenly father is watching you?

Are we faithful in what we look at, what we hear, how we respond to temptation?

Being faithful applies in so many ways.

Look for opportunities to be a faithful friend, with a servant heart, and as we show a genuine concern for others we will be demonstrating the Gospel in action because:

As we make friends with those who are not yet Christians, they will eventually begin to wonder why you are so different, and with that comes the opportunity to share your faith.

As Paul wrote,

‘…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ’ (Romans 10:17).

Pray for God to provide these opportunities for us to talk about Jesus; then be patient for His timing.

Have a good week living and sharing the Gospel.

Pastor Barry

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