Witnessing for Jesus Christ

Isn’t it strange that we can tell someone about a new store, a great place to buy a new car or someplace to go for the weekend, yet we can’t seem to spend a few minutes telling some one the good news of Jesus Christ.

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By: The Witness
1/8/2010 10:34:50 AM

Isn’t it strange that we can tell someone about a new store, a great place to buy a new car or someplace to go for the weekend, yet we can’t seem to spend a few minutes telling some one the good news of Jesus Christ. A story of a love so wonderful that it changed the whole world.

Imagine what it is like to tell someone how Jesus Christ gave us a love for each other that is beyond understanding. And then tell them how knowing Jesus Christ gave us a life filled with awe and wonder. A full and rich life.

Consider the impact your testimony may have for another when you tell them that you actually love God’s Word, and how much you appreciate the fact that Jesus Christ was willing to die for our sins so that we might have eternal life,

But as Christians, we tend to treat this good news as some great secret that we only share among ourselves. Why is that? After all, Jesus Christ came to save the world. Not just the rich or good people, but all people. Why don’t we tell the drug addicts, the felons, the poor or even the ladies of the evening that Jesus Christ loves them too, and has no desire to lose them.

The subject of Jesus Christ should be a common part of our everyday conversation, yet when it comes to actually witnessing for Him, many of us simply stand by and say nothing while our friends and loved ones continue their steady path to hell.

Didn’t Jesus Christ tell us to go forth and teach His Word to all nations? Is this commandment just for the missionaries or the pastors? Or is this a responsibility for all? But how can we reach the world if our next door neighbors house is too far for us to go? How much of our lives is centered upon Jesus Christ if we can’t take the time to talk about Christ with our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends or especially our loved ones?

If we hesitate to speak of Jesus Christ when we are around those people we are comfortable with, how are we going to be able to share Christ’s love with strangers? While we may wish to tell others about Christ’s love, sacrifice and resurrection message of salvation, is the reason we don’t witness to strangers is because we may become too embarrassed, or even be afraid of rejection?

Overcoming our fears can be very easy if we are willing to renew our love for Jesus Christ again into our hearts. But if we still have trouble sharing His love with others, then we need to take a step back and take a hard look at ourselves, and ask ourselves why we are not doing what He asks us to do?

One of the reasons we might have difficulty teaching His Word to others may be because we don’t really know the Word ourselves. It can’t be very easy to talk about Jesus Christ if we haven’t studied His Word well enough to be a good witness.

If all one gets from God’s Word comes from the pulpit, then you are only getting a small portion of the Bible. One hour on Sunday is not enough, especially if you want to be a good witness for Jesus Christ. We need to take the time to study His Word. Read it daily and keep it with us always. With His word in our hearts, we can begin to understand the need to seek out the lost, and will feel the love he has for a lost soul.

Since most people don’t care about what you know, but about how much you care about them, we need to realize that studying God’s Word will change our hearts by planting a genuine love for others that the lost will recognize. Once the lost knows that you really do care about them, they will listen to what you have to say. But if we ignore the Bible, that love from God will never grow in our hearts and we will not be able to provide the scriptures the lost needs to hear.

So if we really love God, then the proof can be shown by our love for others. And if we truly love others, no matter who they are, then our desire should be to prepare ourselves for witnessing. Therefore, we need to begin with prayer, knowing that we are secure in His arms, and that with His help we can begin to help the lost.

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and pray that the person God places in your heart to witness to will hear the words He has given you to speak. An effective witness understands that if we trust the Lord to lead us, we will recall just the right scriptures to give and know the right things to say. Remember that every lost soul is different. Each has their own past, but all have an individual need that Jesus Christ can resolve. Jesus Christ knows how to fill that need, and all we have to do is be willing to serve as His tool.

An easy way to reach people we may not know is by telling the story of salvation by focusing on four words:

1) Sin - Because of sin, everyone needs salvation. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23).

2) Calvary - Jesus Christ died and rose again so that we can receive salvation. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2: 24).

3) Faith - By our faith in trust in Jesus Christ, salvation is offered. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2: 8)

4) Life - Only by Jesus Christ can we have eternal life if we accept Him as our Lord. “He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5: 12).

Sounds so simple for something so wonderful. READ about the GOOD NEWS. The Bible tells a simple story. Christ died that we might have life. The grace of God saved us. This grace will save the lost if they are given the chance to hear His word. But they can only hear it when we speak.

Don’t sell Jesus Christ like some used car. Share your own personal salvation with them. Tell others of the love in your heart for Jesus Christ, and make it personal. Tell them how it changed your heart and of the love and peace you now have, which is freely given to all whom seek Him. Some will reject the words of Christ, but many will listen and are waiting for you.

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