My Friend Jesus #11 John 4:27-42

Five Regrets of the Dying

  • I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  • I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  • I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The things we regret are self-centered mistakes.

An other-centered life with God at the center is a life with no regrets.

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 1 Tim 4:12

No matter your age, you can make a difference in this world by growing the love.

The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”  Luke 4:25-26

Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” John 4:27

Jesus demonstrated an other-centered life lived with purpose.

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him. John 4:28-29

When good things happen you want to tell others.

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” John 4:39

A changed Christian life inspires others to listen to the message of Christ.

When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe.  John 4:40-41

When people are ready to listen to the Spirit they hear Him.  The pre-believer is spiritually deaf.

Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”  John 4:42

When you live a life centered on the work of Jesus you  will be fulfilled.  You will have no regrets.

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”  John 4:31

But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 33 “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. John 4:32-33

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.  John 4:34

You don’t have to wait to be fulfilled.

You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.  John 4:34

You can make a difference now.

The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! 37 You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38 I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

 

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