Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Why should we witness?

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why should I witness?" Several reasons should come to mind.

First, because Jesus commands you to: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," (Matt. 28:19). Also, Ezek. 3:11 says, "and go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not..."

Second, you must witness because you love the unsaved (if you don't, you should). The most loving thing you can do is present the gospel in hopes of bringing others to salvation. Galatians 5:22 lists love as one of the fruit of the Spirit. It is love's nature to give. Take for example John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." Love gives, and if you have only a small portion of His love, you will want to give to others.

Third, witness because it is a wise thing to do. Prov. 11:30 says, "...he who is wise wins souls." Now, I know I am not a very wise person. But, since God says I'll be wise to win souls, or try to, then great, let me at it. I want to be wise in God's sight.

Fourth, witness to keep people out of hell. Hell is a terrifying place of utter anguish and eternal separation from God. Those who are not saved go there. Witnessing is an attempt to keep them out of hell.

Fifth, witness because it pleases God and brings glory to His name.

Sixth, witness so they may find the love and fellowship of God (1 John 1:3), the greatest of all treasures. I can think of no greater gift than salvation. It frees the sinner from sin, it delivers the lost from damnation, and it reveals the true and living God to those who don't know Him.

The angels of heaven rejoice greatly when anyone passes from judgment into salvation (Luke 15:10). Shouldn't we as Christians rejoice too? Shouldn't we weep over the lost? Shouldn't we ask the Lord of the field to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2)? Certainly! The salvation of others is the goal of your efforts. The love of God is your motive. Is there anything greater? So, give.

Content from CARM


Steve Martin said...

When the Lord turned my "light switch" on, there was nothing that could keep me from speaking of the one who has set me free from sin, death, and the devil.

I must breathe. I must speak of Christ Jesus.

The sinner in me often muzzles me, but the Lord renews my strength and I speak of Him again.

Wayne Dawg said...

"The sinner in me often muzzles me..."

Very good point Steve.

I have lead many classes that teach others how to share their faith and yet, sometimes, I find myself afraid to witness to others.

That's why it is so important to empty ourselves of our selves and let the Holy Spirit take over.

Jonathan said...

Do you find that a certain approach works in every circumstance? Sometimes I feel like I must seize the moment, for it may be that person's last chance to be witnessed to, then other times I feel like I don't need to push Christianity on people, but rather love them and be a constant example and reflection of Christ. I've found that most people have thoughts and ideas about God, so when I speak to a new friend about religious topics I usually start out by asking what they think about God.

Joseph A. said...

That's a great way to introduce that sort of topic, Jon. Just be straightforward!

Also, thumbs up to CARM.