Thursday, June 5, 2014

Four Simple Words - Went

John 4:28-29 (KJV) - "The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (emphasis mine)

We are discussing that we often find it hard to share with others about Jesus Christ. We find in John 4 the account of a sinful woman meeting the Savior - the Messiah - and how He changed her life. By changing her life, she found it impossible to not share Jesus with others.

We are looking at four words - come, see, went and tell. We mused over the word "come." We discovered that the woman wasn't just saying that they needed to go and see Jesus - she was urging them to come with her. The word is used in the imperative form - she is really giving a command - "Come with me, now!" And in with this command was another - see - experience - find what I have found.

Our word to ponder and muse over today is went. The Greek word used here is aphíēmi - "to leave, go way from one in order to go to another place."  So, you may wonder, why is this word important in this account. Too often we Christians want to stay in our comfort zones. We like to come to church and "sit, soak, and sour" as Dr. Elmer Towns often says. We like to hang close to Jesus and His friends. However, when we truly consider what He has done for us, we are compelled to leave the confines of our comfort zones and go to those around us. We cannot share with the lost and dying if we do not go. Too often we get the idea confused - we think once we come to Jesus that is where we need to stay, when really we need to "go" and share the experience of what knowing Christ involves.

Today, as you ponder John 4 again, consider where He wants you to go - to whom has He placed around you - to just share what He has done for you.

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