Witnessing Is Easy...... And You Do It Everyday!
November 16, 2000
When you hear the word "witness" do you
get a little uncomfortable? Do you automatically think of someone going from door to door?
YOU going from door to door! Yes, most of us picture in our minds the poor lost soul
sitting bewildered and "preached" to in his home, until he finally professes his
belief in Christ. And do you get a little sick feeling in the pit of your stomach? I
believe the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us, "No...that's not the way!" We need
to listen to the Spirit. We should be a blessing to others, not an un-welcomed guest.
We "are" to tell others about what we believe. That, I am sure of. What chance
does the lost soul have if he never hears the good news? Romans 10:13-14(KVJ)says,
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall
they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom
they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Jesus made it clear that we are to witness to others. Before He ascended into heaven he
said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world. (Matt. 28:19,20 KJV) So how then do we witness?
First, I believe we stop thinking about witnessing from door to door! Don't think about
"preaching" to others, because "preaching" is a special gift my
friend, given to our pastors (and sometimes not all pastors.) You are to be a light that
shines wherever you go throughout your daily life. That is a witness to others! See, you
are already witnessing, continuously, and didn't even realize it! Did that make your
stomach feel sick? No! Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (KJV) The
way you act and react in everyday situations is the biggest witnessing you will ever do
Here's the thing to think about. Have you been a good witness, glorifying your heavenly
Father, or a bad witness? Christians should be a light, in a dark world. Christians should
act and react differently than the world, in everyday life situations. Has your witnessing
shown them how to be kind, forgiving, loving and helpful, to others? You should stand out
like a huge neon light. You should be the square peg that doesn't fit into the round hole.
You my friend, are in this world, but not of this world. You may be despised by some
people, even the ones you love. John 15:19 (KJV) says, "If ye were of the world, the
world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out
of the world, therefore the world hateth you." We are not like the world. Your
actions and reactions should be different than that of the worlds. If there is no
difference between you and everyone else, you are fitting into the world. The world is
witnessing to YOU. YOU are conforming to world, not the other way around.
Your daily life is your witness to the world, and you should use each and every day to
witness to the best of your ability. You can witness in the first way we discussed, from
door to door, but let me add this. It is not an effective way if you live like the devil
when you leave their home. Others will not be converted by your words, but by your
actions. You must show and teach by example. When asked, "Why are you
different?" Tell them about the strength you get from the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell
them how the Holy Spirit, that lives within you, guides and directs you. Tell them how
they too are welcomed into the family of God. They too can be a follower of Jesus Christ.
They too can have the gift of the Holy Spirit.
A simple "God bless you" to the young man that carries out your groceries, or
saying "God can give you strength" to the sick, is more effective than you know.
It is your invitation for them to ask you about your God. They may say, "How can He
give me strength?" Then tell them about God. Invite them to Sunday School and Church,
but remember it may be a while before they answer that invitation, but that's ok. Always
be ready to talk to them, giving them a little information at a time, because you are
helping them grow in their faith.
Witnessing isn't hard! It's being a good example, being a friend, and guiding others to an
understanding of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And remember, the person you lead to
Christ has a lot of learning to do. Don't think you have to "preach" to them,
because they aren't spiritually mature enough to swallow all that yet. The simpler the
message to them the better understood. Start with the basics. God will do the rest.
(And smile...you never know who's watching.)