The Right Question – Ps Kerrin Wallis [12/01/2020 AM]

Episode Notes

John 4:27-41 (NIV)

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.”

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.

But no-one asked Jesus about the women, just the food.

  • What do you want?
  • Why are you talking to this woman?

Instead:

  • Want sesame seed bun or Turkish bread?

There are two parallel stories going on here!

  1. One is of Jesus going via a town other Jews refused to speak to a woman who he shouldn’t speak to and bringing revival and eternal change to a group of people.
  2. The other is of the disciples, who love God and are following Jesus. They head into town to get some bread and arrive in the midst of the purposes of God. They don’t see what is happening and other than it seems strange don’t ask about it – then they are concerned about dinner oblivious to the revival Jesus is bringing – the eternal purpose going on.

While they are buttering the rolls a woman of terrible reputation and with a lot of mess is bringing revival.

So what happens when we don’t ask the questions of God???

We just get on with business, life and the urgent and miss the eternal and bigger purpose!

Sadly so many Christians are living simply like the world around us except they go to Church on Sundays and try to misbehave too much!

That is not Christianity!

Christianity was radical, Holy Spirit filled, eternally focused.

  • It was about taking the love of God to a world first and foremost!
  • People gave their lives for the gospel, the word of God!
  • People gave their finance!
  • The gospel changed their whole world, life and beliefs!

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

This was not a Sunday gig that fitted my social life and worked around my job!

People devoted their lives to:

  • The Word of God – apostles teaching – growing in their faith.
  • To fellowship – church, building Christian friends into their life – giving their time to include and disciple people not in their world.

The reason there is v47 –

Acts 2:47

47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Is only because there is v41-46

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

It is too easy not to ask God:

  • “Why am I at this workplace?”
  • “Who should I reach?”
  • “What have you called me to do?”
  • “What eternal purpose have you given me this finance and ability to make finance to give into?”
  • “Who can I reach out to?”

And instead say:

  • What are you doing for dinner this Friday night?
  • Whose place will we have the same friends over for a BBQ?
  • What is on Netflix?
  • What new Toy do I want?
  • Where is the next camping trip?

Jesus considered the disciples question totally out of line with His eternal purpose and so talked not about food, the here and now, comfort and our little circle of buddies, but He talks of the harvest!

John 4:31-38 (NIV)

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.”

Now the thing about this is that the disciples are not bad people, they are literally Jesus disciples! They Love God! They want to please Him. They honestly believe – but their focus gets out of whack.

Have you ever looked through binoculars? You adjust them and depending on what we adjust them to, is what you see clearly.

  • It is easy to have them adjusted wrong and you don’t see the object you are looking for clearly.
  • But when you get the focus right – you get the right picture.

We find that right here –

  • This isn’t about being bad people. It’s about asking if we have the right focus.
  • I would hate to spend my precious time on this planet focused on the wrong picture.

People often ask us how come you left all your family and the place you grew up?

  • Simple– because God’s call, plan, Church and the winning of souls is far more important!

Now, that by no means says that we don’t have to fight to keep asking the right questions and stop our desire from getting distracted. It’s an everyday choice!

But Church this year – at the start – let’s begin it. Let’s set it up and frame our goals and focus for it right – with the right questions and focus.

Let’s refuse to ‘do church’ and give God what’s convenient – let’s live our lives actually for God and His purposes!

Church, if our top priority is not God’s Harvest then we are not asking Him the right questions.  We need to ask:

  • What souls keep me up at night because I am desperate to see them saved?
  • God what significant sacrifice to serve God should I make?
  • What can I do to represent Jesus more in my workplace?
  • Who or what do I need to pray and fast about – serious prayer?
  • How much could I give if I really took my giving seriously and with eternal perspective?
  • How hungry am I for souls to be reached in my city?
  • God would you like us to plant a church?
  • God what ministry could I be involved in to really bring God’s presence into people’s lives?
  • God have what have you called me to and what is my next step?

2 Corinthians 12:15 (NKJV)

15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls;

Are we devoted to Jesus Christ and to the Christian life?

If we consider:

  • prayer
  • the Word of God
  • reaching the lost
  • serving the body of Christ and the Church
  • our finances
  • our relationships
  • our time and focus

Are we devoted to the things of God or inconvenienced by them?