THE SOUL WINNER
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
What makes a good soul winner? Is it someone who has a lot of knowledge about the Bible, or someone that has gone to Bible School? Could it be someone that has a great personality or a knack at communication? These are not the things you see in the Bible or in the life of this woman from Samaria but she effected her whole city. Not only did Jesus stay in her town for three days teaching the people effected by her words, Samaria became the hub of one of the great New Testament revivals. This troubled woman had an effect on her whole region.
What was it that caused this woman’s conversion to have such a great effect on her world? Actually it was her conversion itself. She had gone through five marriages and was living with another man at that time (sounds like not much has changed in 2000 years). Her troubled life had surely had it’s toll on this woman, depression is just part of the package with her lifestyle. Her encounter with Christ was more than just a change of her religious beliefs, something dramatic had happened in her life, something so big it could not be hidden. She obviously got a taste of this living water Jesus was telling her about, the kind of water that satisfies our soul and becomes a spring of life bubbling up inside of us. This taste of the reality of God turned this woman’s life upside down. As she ran to her friends in town there was no denying something had changed, she had a smile that would light up everything around her. She was gushing out living water everywhere she went. Her friends had to find out what had happened. She was crying out as she ran through the town, “Come see a man who told me all I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” All of her friends went out to meet Jesus, it wasn’t long until they were all experiencing the Lord for themselves.
So what makes a good soul winner, someone whose life has been changed, not just a change in what they say they believe, but a change that flows out of their very soul.