EVANGELISM IN HIS NAME
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” – John 4 v 10
The verse above carries within it significant truths. Jesus is speaking about the gift of eternal life, the priceless present of salvation. We can learn several things from His statement.
Firstly, “if you knew the gift,” He says. Clearly, knowledge of the gift needs to be communicated. This, dear friend, is the responsibility of each and every believer. On our shoulders is placed the weight of this grand privilege. The Holy Spirit labours together with us, transforming simple words of witness into fiery arrows of salvation. He provides the power, we provide the mouthpiece.
Secondly, Jesus introduces salvation not as “a gift” but “the gift”. Certainly, redemption is the most glorious thing that God could ever transfer into our possession. Freely given, nothing is required in return, and no amount of worldly wealth, promotion or award can match it. Should He never do anything else for His children, us spending eternity with Him should secure our adoration from everlasting to everlasting.
Lastly, Jesus encouraged the woman to ask. “You would have asked Him,” He says. This is a pivotal point. While nothing is required to receive the gift, something is needed to activate the giving process. What is needed? We must ask! Our choice is the catalyst of salvation, it kicks redemption into high gear.
And so, dear friend, where are you today in your relationship with Jesus? If you know Him already as Saviour, are you allowing Him to share the Good News through your words and actions? If you do not know Him yet, know that while the gift of salvation is exceedingly precious, such is freely given to all who ask for it. Ask today, and you will receive! In the testimony below, this is exactly what Frans did. Not only in the recommitment of his life to Jesus, but also in the healing of his body, he asked – and received!
Yours in His service,
COMPLETELY SET FREE
Frans Mahlo (47) from BURGERSFORT, Limpopo, came to the crusade grounds bubbling with expectation. Having heard from his mother about the Gospel Crusade, he could not stay away. Frans had suffered from lung ailments and crippling arthritis for over a decade, and was confident that Jesus was both able and willing to work a mighty miracle in his life. “It was very tough for me. I nearly died,” he commented. “I could feel the Holy Spirit touching my life and felt relieved from all my pain when the evangelist prayed for me. I can feel that I am healed!” Bending and flexing his joints, Frans rejoices in doing things he could not do before. That evening, this precious man also recommitted his life to Jesus, making his crusade experience even more unforgettable. “I hope to live for Jesus from now on!” he voiced, with eager enthusiasm.
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: www.inhisname.org.za