Lenten Devotional: Tuesday, March 26

Psalm 78:1-39Psalm 78:40-72Jeremiah 7:21-34Romans 4:13-25John 7:37-52

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. John 7:37-39

I’ve always been uncomfortable with the word, “evangelize.” The dictionary defines “evangelize” as convert or seek to convert to Christianity. This is not my thing. Not my skill-set. I couldn’t go door to door explaining my faith to strangers. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to understand that I don’t need to quote scripture or have the answer to every question in order to share God’s story and especially God’s love. Having children made sharing God’s love easier and helped me shift my thinking on this whole evangelizing thing.

In this passage in John, Jesus says, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” I find this statement to be profoundly simple. Come and drink. Someone once told me that you never know where someone is on their faith journey. A single act you do to share God’s love might not bring that person to Christ in that moment, but it could eventually. All of the little moments add up to so much more.

I’m a part of a Christian mom’s group, and we recently took an anonymous survey. There were difficult statements on the survey ranging from, “I feel like a bad mom” to “I’ve contemplated or attempted suicide.” The purpose of the exercise was to see how common our struggles are as moms, and that we should support and love one another in this busy season of life. One of the statements on the survey said, “I am still trying to decide if Jesus is real.” There were women in the room that checked this box. It surprised me, but later it also filled me with joy. Joy because these women showed up to be a part of this community of faithful moms who are there to love and support them. This group will be part of these non-believers’ faith journey. So, through kindness, support, not judging each other, talking, praying, and laughing together, my hope is that all the moms in the group see the power of God’s love in one another. Isn’t it something we are all so thirsty for? Each one of us has the power to be the good by the smallest of acts every day. That is what “evangelize” means to me now.