News, Sports & Weather. Usually, we begin a conversation with someone by talking about those things that are easiest to talk about. This week, it's been easy to talk about the weather. We often start with a greeting, a pleasantry, like “how are you?” “What’s up?” Then we talk about other things. Surface things.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” --John 4:7-14
Jesus could have easily sat down at the well in Samaria that day and just talked about the weather with this woman. She even gave him the opportunity to debate a current issue, something very familiar for Jews and Samaritans. Instead, he chose to go deep with her, to get to the heart of what really mattered, and it made all the difference in her life.
Who have you had a conversation with today? What did you talk about? Did you talk about spiritual things? Deeper things? Personal things? Or did you just skim the surface?
The last three weeks have focused on recruiting and developing adult leaders for college ministry. We can have great leaders working with our students, but if they are not intentional about investing in their lives, and going deep with them, we will have missed a great opportunity. As you recruit and train new leaders, be sure to help them know how to ask good questions. "What has God been doing in your life?" "How are things with your family?" "How can I pray for you?" Model for your leaders how to ask those questions by asking them yourself.
Most of all, be fully aware of the moment you are in and encourage your leaders to do the same. As Paul says in Ephesians 5:16, "making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil." We do not know if we will pass this way again. Jesus didn't, but it didn't matter, because he had seized that divine moment at the well. Who will you encounter today? Perhaps it will be someone who needs you to ask them a question that goes beyond the news, sports and weather.