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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, October 18, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
The “food” about which Jesus was speaking was his spiritual nourishment. It includes more than Bible study, prayer, and attending church. Spiritual nourishment also comes from doing God’s will and helping to bring his work of salvation to completion. We are nourished not only by what we take in, but also by what we give out for God.
The Samaritan woman immediately shared her experience with others. Despite her reputation, many took her invitation and came out to meet Jesus. Perhaps there are sins in our past of which we’re ashamed. But Christ changes us. As people see these changes, they become curious. Use these opportunities to introduce them to Christ. (NLT)
John 4:28-42 – The woman left her water jar beside the well and went back to the village and told everyone, “Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Can this be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat. “No, he said, “I have food you don’t know about.”
“Who brought it to him?” the disciples asked each other.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One person plans and someone else harvests.’ And it’s true, I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and you will gather the harvest.”
Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay at their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many of them to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman. “Now we believe because we have heard him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. He is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Tom Buice (Tennessee) titled his story “AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE;” here is a portion of Tom’s story:
“. . . What a treasure we’ve found! We feel buoyant, free from guilt. Immediately we wonder, [italic Are others like me — feeling the pain of guilt?] I have discovered just what they need, something they can’t live without. Christ offers freedom from guilt, the power to overcome, and daily fellowship with God. What’s more, we now have a new understanding of scripture and ultimately a home in heaven. This is priceless! I want to share this good news.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us a renewed desire to share the good news of the freedom Christ offers to us all. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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