“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.” (John 4:39-41).
It’s easy for us to spend a lot of time strategizing about what is the best way to evangelize. But in the end we need to remember that God is in control, and we can do nothing by our own power.
Take for example how God converted a large group of Samaritans in John chapter 4. It started with a single conversation with one woman at a well who was both a fornicator and a member of a heretical sect. She then rushes back to her village and tells everyone there about the conversation she had with Jesus. They all come out to meet him and after they talk to Him, many of them come to believe that He is the Messiah.
One lesson we can learn from this story is that God changes people’s hearts in unexpected ways. We can never plan for every possibility when with our witnessing strategies. In the end, people’s reactions to our message and our methods is unpredictable. That is why it is more important to make sure you preach the true word, than to strategize about where and when to preach it. God, after all, is the one who gives us success in evangelism.