…… But to Them? Witness to “Them” ???
“Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.”
Who is included in your “them”? Far too often we will be avid witnesses for the Lord; and express a sincere concern for lost souls…..except when it comes to “them”. Now, we’ll be the first to vocalize that we are not prejudice; nor biased in our soul winning concerns. However, most of us have unconsciously established boundaries and perimeters, outside of which we don’t venture when it comes to seeking out the lost.
When God inspired the writers to pen the scriptures, every single example used, was done with a purpose. As we re-read our text, it is evident that it is extremely detailed. One of the examples that Jesus was attempting to show us is the fact that we can’t permit the characteristics which a person may possess in the physical realm, to forbid us from fulfilling a deficiency that they may possess in the realm of the Spirit. As we read, we can observe that He knew her need for contentment had not been found in her previous experiences. Therefore, He ignored that fact of her gender and her heritage. He went deeper. Even throughout their entire conversation, He sought to fulfill the spiritual – while she initially lacked the ability to comprehend the essence of His message.
So we must expand our mindsets to view others – first in the realm of the Spirit. We must be open to eagerly witness to our personal group of “them”. To those, to whom we through our own prideful mindsets; feel as though we shouldn’t witness to. Now, 99% of the time, whatever reason we will use to validate our actions of neglect, has risen from the residue of pride that is still lingering around!
Your “them” may include: the rich and high sidity; the poor; the homeless; those who are bound by mental challenges; those who are involved in unnatural sexual relationships; those who are of a different ethnic origin …..and the list is endless. What about our President and his cabinet???
While we cannot physically witness to them… but do you stand in the gap for “them”? .. And ask God to permit someone to be a witness to them on His behalf? We must remember that we will still be held accountable for not expressing the love of God to whomever is included in your “them”!
Refuse to permit the enemy to cloud your reasoning any longer. We must be about our Father’s work. He orders our steps as to cross those to whom we should witness. However, we must walk in an awareness and an obedience to Him; that will cause us to seize every opportunity to be a witness for Him; and to eliminate the groups of “them” from our lives.
Ezekiel 33:6 reminds us of the importance of being a witness to everyone who hasn’t been warned about their sin nature. We must receive an amended mindset concerning our concept of the loss, and yes, find the loss…at any cost….. and totally eliminate our group of “them”!
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone's life, that person's life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.” Ezekiel 33:6 (NIV)