I recently read “The Good Portion,” Keri Folmar's book on Scripture, with a group of women. She repeatedly urges us to “bring women to the word.” These four words challenged me to evaluate my interactions with others.
Do I bring my children, my neighbors, the younger women I disciple, the people who read my words online, to Jesus? I know I do this generally, but Keri’s words made me wonder how I do it particularly and passionately.
I frequently bring younger moms to my parenting advice. I bring others to books I think they should read. I bring my co-laborers in kingdom work to people who are helpful connections in ministry.
I am a bringer, but my bringing often falls short of my calling and equipping. I bring the people in my life to many good things but am deeply convicted of how little I bring them directly and exclusively to Jesus. Often, he is just one of many things I bring people to.
Because I have been brought to the Father, I am now called and equipped to bring others to him. I am born again to glorify God by making disciples of all nations. I am made new as an ambassador for Christ. I am reborn into the ministry of reconciliation.
THE ULTIMATE BRINGER
Jesus invites us to come to the Father. It’s only through him that we get to God (John 14:6). Jesus is the ultimate bringer. All bringing begins with him and his salvific work. Our nearness to God was blood-bought by Christ (Eph. 2:13).
We were far. We were lost. We were dead in our sins. But God—rich in mercy and great in love—sent Jesus to come get us. He found us in our lostness. He lived a sinless life for us. He took all our sin upon himself and bore his Father’s wrath for us on the cross. And all who cry out to him for repentance and faith are made alive together with Christ. This is very good news!
Good news is meant to be delivered. So we carry it into the darkness. We shine its light so others can see, and bring them to the living word. Martin Luther said, “We are all mere beggars telling other beggars where to find bread.”
We bring others as people already brought near, as people still being brought daily into the presence of our king, because of the sacrifice of his Son.
BRINGING PEOPLE TO THE WELL
One of my favorite bringers is the woman at the well. The fourth chapter of John tells her story. Her sin is great; her shame, profound; her platform, nonexistent.
But on a hot day in Samaria, a weary and thirsty Jesus met her at Jacob’s well and asked for a drink. Jesus was also very Jewish, and Jews considered Samaritans inferior. Another thing about Jesus: he was unconcerned with cultural norms. He regularly crossed boundaries to bring people near.
Jesus engages her in conversation, revealing her sin—and his knowledge of it. He teaches her about worship. She tells him she knows the Messiah is coming, and when he does, “he will tell us all things” (v. 25). Then Jesus reveals himself to her: “I who speak to you am he” (v. 26).
This revelation propels her to run to the townspeople who had no love for her and beg them to come to the man who told her all things. “Come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (v. 29).
Why would she bother bringing these people to the Messiah who, an hour ago, she avoided by drawing water at the hottest part of the day? Because this woman had been brought near. Now she was a bringer!
Many Samaritans believed in Christ that day because this woman brought them to him (v. 29). They told this immoral woman whom they formerly shunned, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the savior of the world” (v. 42).
This is what it looks like, folks.
COME AND SEE
Christ comes to us in our sin and reveals himself. And as we behold him, we become transformed. He brings us, no longer dirty and ashamed, but spotless and clothed in his righteousness, to the father (Col. 1:22).
Fellow bringer, plead with others, “Come and see!”
Come and see the one who severed sin’s hold on me! Come and see this man who made me alive when I was dead! Come and see Christ on the cross atoning for my sins! Come and see my father who adopted me when I was an orphan; who welcomed me when I was a stranger; who forgave me when I was his enemy!
We are fantastically unworthy recipients of God’s rich mercy and great love. We mustn’t think so little of our status as those who have been brought that we fail to bring others along. We delight to bring others to Jesus, so they can see and hear for themselves that he is indeed the Savior of the world.
Embrace your role as a bringer. Bring people to Jesus for the sake of God’s glory and for the good of the wanderers. Church, this is our rally cry: “Come and see the Savior of the world!”
Christy Britton is a wife and mom to four boys. She writes Bible study curriculum for Docent Research Group and serves as the Discipleship Classes Coordinator for Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. She is an orphan advocate with 127 Worldwide and contributes administratively to bring pastor training opportunities to Africa for Acts 29. You can follow her on Twitter.