Be An Investor
Read John 4:1-45
Over the course of any given day, how many people do you interact with? 1, 5, 10, more? Now, think about how you can change a life, how you can change the world by investing in just one of those people. Would you do it? Would you take time out of your day to invest in them and their lives and make their world a better place?
You see, Jesus invested in people and changed lives. One of the longest conversations recorded in the gospels of Jesus investing in a life is found in John 4, which records a conversation between Jesus and a woman at a well. Now, this woman was a Samaritan and Jesus an Israelite, and Israelites generally despised Samaritans. But Jesus didn’t let this racial difference stop him from investing into the life of this woman. Now, people often assume that this woman was sexually immoral, because she had five husbands and the man she was with now was not her husband, but the story is more complex than that. In that day divorce was quite rare and when it did happen it was never initiated by a woman. So, in other words this was a woman who had been rejected, and rejected, and rejected by men. This woman was poor, she had no servants to fetch her water and to be with the man that was not her husband was quite possible her only means to survival.
But, none of these things mattered to Jesus. The fact that she was a woman of a different race didn’t matter to Jesus. He invested. The fact she had been rejected over and over again didn’t matter to Jesus. He didn’t think something was wrong with her; He invested. She was poor, but that doesn’t stop Jesus. He invested. He sat at a well and engaged this woman. He invested in her and changed her life and made her world and the world around her a better place. John 4:39-42.
So, who is the person you need to invest in? Maybe it’s an acknowledgement that a person even exists. Maybe it’s a phone call to say “I was thinking about you.” Maybe it’s sitting down and listening to what is going on in their life. Maybe it is praying with someone. Maybe it is as simple as asking, “How are you today?” and genuinely listening to their response. Whatever it looks like, don’t delay. Take the initiative today, and without any prejudice, invest in another life and watch how it changes the world.
"For nothing is impossible with God." - Luke 1:37