As Christians, we know that witnessing is something every believer in Christ is called to do (Matt 28:19,20). Sometimes we’re faced with fear and trepidation associated with witnessing to people about what we believe. We experience these feelings for a variety of reasons. What is our calling? How do we live up that calling?
Let’s explore some of the more common reasons for not witnessing and then list some practical solutions for each.
- We want to be accepted and are afraid of rejection
- We’re not properly equipped. We don’t think “faith” in something is a valid intellectual argument for people who want proof of beliefs. We don’t think we can prove anything and are afraid of someone finding out. In other words, we aren’t using our secret weapons.
- We’ve never been successful when we’ve tried to share truth with someone
- We’re just too busy
#1: We want to be accepted and are afraid of rejection.
If you leave this blog with nothing else, leave with this statement:
We’re called to be faithful, not successful.
We must remember who’s message we’re spreading and why. Jesus commanded His followers to witness- that’s why we do it. We don’t do it because we’re born with the skill to do it. We don’t do it because we love doing it. We do it because the Word of God tells us to do it. And we’re called to be faithful to the Word of God.
God could evangelize the world with angels dressed like humans (Gen 18:1,2). He could evangelize the world by giving everyone a simultaneous dream or vision, directing them to the truth about Himself. He could probably accomplish His purposes an infinite number of other ways. But He doesn’t. Why? I believe the answer is this: witnessing must have something to do with our sanctification process more than simply the need for people to be reached with the good news of the Gospel.
Our motives for witnessing need to change. We need a paradigm shift. Let us view the sharing of our faith, not as something measured by our success, but measured by our faithfulness and obedience to what God has told us to do. It’s His message, not ours. It’s Him that people are rejecting, not us. Let Him deal with the rejection.
#2: We’re not properly equipped. We don’t think “faith” in something is a valid intellectual argument for people who want proof of beliefs. We don’t think we can prove anything and are afraid of someone finding out. In other words, we don’t know about our secret weapons.
God is the master of wisdom. He has imbedded wondrous things in His Word, if we take the time to study them. Our faith need not be “blind.” Predictive prophecy is the litmus test of the veracity of Scripture…and it’s everywhere. Start looking for these prophecies and become familiar with them to the point where you could teach them to someone. Showing someone that God predicted an event thousands of years in advance, then actually made it happen exactly as predicted, is a fantastic witnessing tool. Here’s a good starting place.
The God who created the heavens and the earth, with the laws of science that we still are just beginning to scratch the surface on, has left literally tons of evidence for His existence. We can build the faith of non-believers with evidences of a young earth, as described in Scripture. We can also point to the heaps of evidence for the judgment of that same God by sending the flood. Here’s a good starting place.
We’ll continue our discussion with #3-4 in “Part 2.”