We often shy away from witnessing because we do not want to experience rejection. We may think we are not worthy. We think we must debate. Isn’t that about us and not Christ? Let the living water do its work without your intervention. What do I mean by that?
Like the woman at the well (John 4) everyone has challenges. When you press on sore
muscles you produce pain. The woman responded with attitude, “Who are you, a Jew, to talk to me a Samaritan. I’m a woman on top of that. Besides, don’t you mean to “ask” me to get you a drink?” (John 4:9) (We should note that when Christ says “Give me to drink” it is a command, “give” is an imperative). From a demand of respect she moves to arrogance telling Jesus He has no pot to draw, the well is deep. He didn’t dig the well, Jacob did. Jesus has no servants or cattle. He has no position of authority. He cannot even get water for himself. Why should I listen to you! (John 4:11-12) We should expect the same type of responses.
God prepares people for our witness, our witness does not prepare them for God. People react in their basest form to personal challenges. Remember the lost’s attitudes are listed in Galatians 5:19-21 just before the fruits of the spirit.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
You find “hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife” in that list. The first reaction to living water is naturally negative, the lost lust after the flesh. Most will respond with a personal rationalization containing little basis in fact, “our fathers worshipped on this mountain but you say we have to worship in Jerusalem?” (John 4:20) The woman was talking about pagan worship. Samaritan capitulation to pagans and their willingness to intermingle was the reason they were shunned by the Jews. We might call them, “New Israelites.” Today we have “New Evangelicals.” In my home town people say, “I find I’m closest to God when I’m out in nature.” So you’re closest to God when you walk among the cursed creation? It is another way of saying I’ll worship how I want. The Bible says those who have not the Son have not God, have not eternal life (1 John 5:10-12).
People of the world will act no different than the lady at the well. Be ready to accept any retort, but be especially ready to receive negative, prideful ignorance of the truth. That is not your concern, your only concern is to obey His command to witness. Let Him determine the results. The living water of Christ provides life; your witness is the pot that carries it from the well.