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Go for the gold

'A woman of Samaria came to draw water.' John 4:7 NKJV

Jesus constantly saw the best in people whom others had overlooked. He chose to spend time with the 'outcasts'. Once, he even spent time with a woman who was excommunicated by her community - she had gone to fetch water when she knew others wouldn't be around to condemn her. Five divorces down, she wasn't exactly everyone's best friend. Stigma will do that to you. But Jesus saw someone who would receive him as Messiah. So he introduced himself to her as the Saviour of the world - something he hadn't done for his disciples, or Nicodemus, or the religious leaders. He saw something in her that would listen. She left totally changed by the encounter, and became the first evangelist in her whole region.

Often, Christians approach evangelism as if it's a conquest. Like they have to fix bad people. But Jesus looked at it relationally. When he looked at the people God had made, he saw them with dignity and treated them as such. He spoke to them in a way that connected with their deepest pain and pointed them to what would help them more than anything - himself.

So today, see the gold that God's put in people, this treasure that persists in them even if they've broken relationship with him. Draw it out. Connect it back to God.

So what now? Ask God to show you what he loves about a non-Christian friend of yours. Share your thoughts with them of how God sees them (in as relaxed a way as you can). Go for the gold!

Soulfood: Deut 30:1-32:28 Mk 8:27-38 Ps 57 Pro 12:15-17,

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