How to Lead Your People to Jesus Christ

How to Lead Your People to Jesus Christ

A woman meets Jesus by chance

There is an incident described in detail in John’s Gospel (Chapter 4: 4-43), where a weary Jesus meets a local Samaritan woman, when He sat down beside, what is known as, the “Jacob’s well” in Samaria. She is often identified as, “the woman at the well.”

And he [Jesus] had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)  The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans (John 4: 4-9; ESV).

She chose to have an inquisitive conversation with Jesus with probing questions for Him. Based on His answers, she concluded, “Sir, I perceive you are a prophet” (verse 19). Later, during the conversation, when she said to Jesus, “I know the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ),” Jesus revealed to her that He is the Messiah (verses 25- 26).

A proactive woman

So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”  They went out of the town and were coming to him (John 4: 28-30).

 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word.  They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” After the two days he departed for Galilee (John 4: 39-43).

Upon hearing Jesus’ claim that He was the Messiah, she acted promptly on her own to go and bring her townspeople to meet and hear Jesus before He could leave—perhaps she left her water jug (verse 28) near Jesus to indicate to Him she will be back, or perhaps she thought she could run faster back to town without the water jug.

Once you recognize an opportunity to enlarge God’s Kingdom, act promptly.

Notable accomplishment

  1. She did not wait for anyone to tell her to fetch her townspeople and bring them to Jesus.  Once she realized they needed to hear Him, she acted. Leaders act when they see a need.
  2. She formulated a message about Jesus for her townspeople.
  3. Her message drew people to Jesus Christ very effectively. Her townspeople believed her and made the trip to meet Jesus. “Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony” (verse 39).
  4. Upon leading her people to Jesus, she let Jesus do the rest. After hearing Jesus, they said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world” (verse 42).

The blessed meeting of her townspeople with Jesus Christ became a reality because of the prompt actions and message of the woman, who met Jesus at the well. She has earned the right to be called “the woman who led her town to Jesus Christ,” instead of being labelled merely, “the woman at the well.”

A lesson for leaders

As leaders, we can learn this from her: Once you recognize an opportunity to enlarge God’s Kingdom, act promptly. If you do, just like this woman, you too may experience the joy of bringing your entire “town” to meet Jesus Christ; let Jesus do the rest.

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Paul Swamidass

Paul Swamidass, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. INTEREST: Leadership training for leaders of Christian organizations. He has published some articles on Christian leadership and contributed to some Christian-leadership training in India in partnership with The Kerusso Institute for Global Leaders

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