Proverbs 11:30 reads, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Christians have the great responsibility to be “soul winners” or to convert others to the gospel. The greatest soul winner of all was Jesus Christ. Not only did He win every soul that is saved through his death on the cross, but He was also effective in personal evangelism. As we examine John 4:4-30, we can observe the master soul winner at work.
He attracted her attention (vv. 4-9). While the disciples went for food, Jesus rested by a well. The woman came for water at unusual time because she was probably an outcast because of her immoral behavior. Jesus asked her for a drink of water. This was unusual because he was a Jew and she a Samaritans. Verse 9 states, “For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” We can probably think of several ways to attract the attention of prospects.
In vv. 10-15, He created an interest. Although she did not understand what Jesus was talking about, His offer of living water certainly got her attention. She remarked, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw” (v. 15). We must remember that Christians can create interest within others with a discussion of the word without the carnal tactics of men.
He stirred her heart (vv. 16-26). He did this in three ways. He first spoke of her past (vv. 16-19). Second, He spoke of the correct manner of worship (vv. 20-24). Third, He spoke concerning His identity (vv. 25-26). In a very short span of time, He had told her enough to bring about a change in her heart. It does not take a lot of study and time to communicate the truth to a lost sinner.
In vv. 27-30, He elicited results. There is no doubt of the woman’s belief. Yet she went to the village and called the man to come meet the one she was sure was the Messiah. One can almost imagine seeing the throngs of people coming down the road to listen to Jesus because of the woman’s words. May we remember that it is our duty to teach, but it is God who will cause the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6).
Can you be like this? “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). The best work you can do as a Christian is to persuade others to make their life right with God.