Who's Your One? Week -3
Be you and do what you do-Invite them to come and see-
Share the story of when He met me!
We often hesitate in sharing our Faith. What do you think are some of the biggest reasons for this?
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” 26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
What was the first thing that Levi did after leaving everything to follow Jesus? Why do you think he did this?
Who did Levi invite? What are the implications for us?
The first thing that a new believer ought to want to do is to share the good news with others. Levi did just this. After he left everything to follow Jesus, he threw a banquet for Him and invited all of his friends to sit and eat with Him. It is natural for us to try to reach the community that God has put us in. For Levi, that was a community of tax collectors.
Why do you think that the Pharisees and scribes complained? What were they assuming?
The Pharisees and scribes had heard Jesus teach just as Levi had. They were following Jesus around, or else they could not have known that Jesus ate at Levi’s house. Despite hearing Jesus teach, they could not understand why Jesus would hang out with such “sinners.” They probably expected that the Messiah would shun such persons. Instead, Jesus ate and drank with them, which was a kind of friendship and fellowship that one might do with an equal.
Jesus did not despise anyone. Instead, He followed His own command of “just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them” (Luke 6:31). This allowed Him to spend time with great sinners, to show them love, and to call them to repentance.
While Jesus rested at Jacob’s well near Sychar, the disciples went into town to buy food. Around noon a Samaritan woman came to the well, and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink of water (vv. 7-8). Jesus visited with her about her spiritual need for the living water only He could provide. In conversation with her, Jesus revealed His knowledge of her sins and declared to her that He was the Messiah. The disciples returned, interrupting their conversation.
What does the woman’s response reveal about her understanding of who Jesus was?
What made her a credible witness to the townspeople?
What can we learn about telling others about Jesus from the actions of the Samaritan woman?
The Samaritan woman rushed to town to inform the townspeople about her encounter with Jesus. She challenged them to go see for themselves to determine if Jesus was the Messiah. She did not know all the answers, but she shared what she did know. We may not know all the answers either, but we can tell what we do know.
What are the high points, so to speak, of your experience with Jesus? What are the pivotal moments that you would make sure to communicate?
The healed man, who had understandably become frustrated with the incessant badgering from the Pharisees, concluded his exchange with them with a notable observation: “This is an amazing thing....You don’t know where He is from, yet He opened my eyes! We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to them. Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He wouldn’t be able to do anything.” His spiritual eyes had been opened as well as his physical eyes, so his clear insight confounded the Pharisees.
Remind each other of your one and spend a few minutes praying for them together.
Jesus, what You did for us is something we’ve just got to tell people about. Will You open our eyes to the opportunities we have to reach out to people around us? We pray You would interrupt us with people who need Your love. Amen.