I was reading today about the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman. I know many people try to use that story as a takeoff for their thoughts on evangelism. I’m not going to do that.
Except for one thing:
I think the main point to be made about Jesus’s manner with the woman was that he presented himself in need of her, not the other way round. He was thirsty and he had no way to draw water, so he asked for her help.
We usually go about our evangelistic efforts the other way round. We are proud of what we have to offer the poor people to whom we take the gospel. We don’t need them. They need us.
In the end, Jesus was both a giver and a receiver, but he started out as a receiver.