by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Samaritan Woman and Her Mission
Charles H. Spurgeon
John 4:27-30

Behold our Lord and Master with divinely skillful art seeking after a single soul! We must have large congregations or we are disinclined for soul winning. The habit of the age is to do nothing but what is ostentatious. Every work must be with beat of drum or sound of tambourine. I pray that the Lord may work in us the steadfast desire to do good on the quiet, by stealth, when no one looks on, when not a single disciple is near. Oh, that we may have such an estimate of the value of a single soul that we count whole days well spent to firing one fallen woman or one drunkard to the Savior's feet. Blessed is he who works on though he is never heard of and looks for his reward from his Master. In the heat of the day the Lord Jesus found rest and refreshment in speaking to one whom many would scarce look upon except with eyes of scorn. Blessed Savior, we do but marvel as the disciples did that You did speak with the woman. But we do wonder with a higher kind of astonishment that You ever spoke to the like of us who have so sadly fallen and done You dishonor and grieved Your heart. We are amazed that He who is the glory of heaven-"Light of light, very God of very God"-should shroud Himself in the likeness of sinful flesh and being found in fashion as a man should seek after us unworthy ones. Oh, the compassion of the Redeemer's heart!

Read this chapter through carefully and see the skill that that compassion taught Him. How sweetly ready He was to converse with her and take up her questions. Never imagine that the thirty years of retirement at Nazareth were wasted. I would fain go, if I were young, for thirty years to learn how to talk as He did, if His own Spirit would teach me the lesson. He was a perfect teacher because as man He had lent a willing ear to the heavenly instruction of the Holy Spirit and therefore grew in knowledge and fitness for His work. As says that notable Scripture, "The ...

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