Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dial Daily Bread: How Jesus Wins Sin-alienated Hearts

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

A five-times divorcee with a heart like stone comes casually, flippantly, to Jacob's ancient well. Casting only a side glance at the Jewish Stranger, she makes sure she won't notice Him.

But He notices her. Tired, hot, and thirsty as He is from His long journey, He does not sit in silence; He is ready to win a soul. He knows precisely the right way to arouse this worldly person whose prejudice has already closed all doors--she thinks. And look what happens: in the space of a few minutes she is in tears, her cold heart melted, ready to receive joyous Good News and start a genuine new life as a missionary.

How can Jesus have such phenomenal, insightful power to win sin-alienated hearts? We can answer, "He was divine, and had something we don't have!" But He tells us, "Greater works than these [you] will do also, because I go to My Father" (John 14:12). We have come to the time when those "greater works" must be done.

Jesus wants a soul-winning evangelism explosion that will outdo anything our denominational committees have dreamed of: a worldwide network of humble church members as at the well of Sychar. His secret? We suggest: He had experienced corporate repentance.

Without approving of the lady's sins, He understands the inner pain of her beaten-down heart and thus has found an avenue of entrance, touching a chord of music that has been silent even through four or five marriages.

But was it really mysterious, what Jesus knew? Or can we learn from Him? Yes! If we will humble our proud hearts, to follow Jesus!

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: September 28, 1997.

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