“Wake up and look around, the fields are already ripe for harvest.” John 4:35
Jesus’ way of lovingly engaging with people, disarming their defense mechanisms and speaking insight-fully into their lives never ceases to amaze me. He exemplifies, like no one else, the ability to reach across every barrier and befriend people no matter what their age, gender, social status, ethnicity or religious persuasion. The fact that he was criticized for being a “friend of publicans (tax collectors) and sinners” testifies to that fact. (Matthew 11:19)
What was Jesus’ secret? How did he engage with people and direct the conversation toward spiritual things?
His encounter with the woman at the well in John 4 provides four wonderful insights into how to befriend people for eternal purposes.