Week Two – Knowing Jesus
Day Three: Wednesday – Meditate
Before you start
Too often in life we get so caught up in the rush of our week that we forget to slow down and focus in on what God is telling us through His word. Before you start this time with the Lord, take a moment and ask Him to help you clear any distractions from your mind so that you can focus on Him during this time.
This week we have been going through John 4 reading about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. When the Samaritan woman received the living water from Jesus, she went into the town where she lived and began sharing about Jesus without fear. God intends for us to share the good news of salvation through His Son Jesus, just as the Samaritan woman shared it.
Fear can often hinder us from sharing our stories with others. We fear that people will reject us if we share with them or that we won’t know what to say. Paul speaks on fear when he writes his letter to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7-10.
7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (emphasis added).
Take a few minutes and process some of the key words in the passage. Think of the rich meaning behind each word.
What do the words convey about who God is, who we are, and what He has given us?
Spend a few minutes asking the Lord to bring to your mind any personal barriers that have come up in your life that have prevented or pushed you away from sharing the gospel. As He brings these things to your mind, confess and repent of them. Surrender these barriers to Jesus and ask Him for boldness in sharing your story with others.
What are some of the barriers you experience when it comes to sharing your faith? (ex. fear, doubt, lack of knowledge, etc.)
Have you ever felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to share your faith? What was that experience like?
Recall your salvation experience
As we close out this time of meditation, recall the moment when you called upon the Lord for salvation. God has uniquely orchestrated situations in your life and has created you with divine purpose. Think about the desire you had in sharing Jesus when you first believed in Him. That may have been a year ago or fifty years ago. Ask the Lord to renew your passion for Him and your desire for sharing the gospel with others.
Thoughts for the day
Continue thinking about the moment the Lord saved you and the passion He gave you for sharing the gospel with others.
Have you been operating from fear? Is the good news really good enough to share?