Sunday, June 30, 2013

Begin With An Audience Of One

Woman at the Well with Gelato
Photo © 2013 Kelly Grace

Have you ever noticed how often Jesus began His work in a village or region with an audience of one.

  • There's the Woman at the Well in John 4.
She became an evangelist and brought others to hear Jesus. 
Many believed because of her word and many more believed after Jesus had stayed and preached for several more days.
  • Further on in John 9 Jesus heals a man blind from birth.
Of course all those who had known him as a blind beggar wanted to know how he had received his sight.  This man was cast out of the synagogue for his belief that Jesus must be of God or He couldn't open the eyes of the blind.  But, Jesus appeared to him and revealed Himself as the Son of God.  He also used it as an opportunity to let the Jewish religious leaders know that they were blind and still in their sin.
  • Then in Luke 8 we are given the story of the Maniac of Gadara.
After his miraculous deliverance he begged to follow Jesus, but Jesus sent him back to his village to testify of the great things God has done for him.  This man obeyed Jesus and told everyone throughout the entire city of the wondrous things God had done for him through Jesus.  
Verse 40 gives us the result of his labors:  And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received Him:  for they were all waiting for Him.

You only need an audience of one.

Keep your eyes open for the one God will bring across your path next.

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