The Ultimate Goal

So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.  And many more believed because of his own word;  And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

John 4:40-42

After seeing and hearing Jesus, the woman at the well immediately went into her city and told the people there about Him.  They came out and heard Him as well.  At first, they believed because of what the woman had told them. Then they told her ” Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”  They didn’t just believe because she believed – they believed because of their own experience with Him.  That is really the ultimate goal of any Christian who attempts to bring others to the Saviour.

While it is nice for people to listen to us talk about the Lord because they like and/or respect us, it is another thing for them to listen to the Lord themselves.  That is what we ultimately want.  We have a personal relationship with the Lord and we want others to have that same relationship.

We do our best to bring others to Jesus, but when we get them there, we want them to hear Him and not just us.  We want them to see for themselves that He is “indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”  We want them to see and hear things for themselves.

These people initially listened to the woman and went to hear Jesus because of her testimony.  But they stayed and accepted Him because of His testimony.  It is our job to bring people to Jesus, but once we get them there, they need their own personal relationship with Him.  That is our goal.

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