In our study on “In His Steps” we review each week’s lesson in the classroom on Wednesday nights. Here are some of the highlights from this week’s study about Jesus and Matthew, Zacchaeus, and the Samaritan Woman.
- Jesus mission (and ours to an extent) was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
- Jesus wasn’t afraid to identify people as lost or sick spiritually. But the fact that they are sick spiritually compelled him to befriend them in hopes to saving them.
- At the conclusion of the Samaritan woman story Jesus said, “the fields are white unto harvest” (John 4:35), but this weeks lesson reminded us that the potential harvest may be people who are outside of the norm of those we think to be ideal candidates for God’s kindgom. We should broaden our seeking the lost to include every human being.
- Those who are searching (like Zacchaeus) are prime candidates.
- Jesus was not afraid to talk to strangers.
- We need to have a mindset of searching for opportunities to lead people closer to God. It was just a simple ordinary encounter (Jesus was weary and thirsty waiting at Jacob’s well) that presented the opportunity to reach the Samaritan woman who in turn led her whole village to Jesus.
What other thoughts do you have about this week’s topic?