Matthew 9:12-13 “Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. . . For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’"
Christianity is flourishing throughout the world yet in American it is diminishing. We baptize a miniscule number of people who come to salvation in relationship to the number of Christians in America. Most new Christians are in school. It is a rarity to see adults baptized. Do we not believe Jesus’ command in Mark 16:15-16: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Knowing the consequences of not knowing Christ should stir our hearts not just with compassion, but also with passion – a passion to seek and save the lost.
Witnessing may be one of the most feared and ignored commands by Christians. We try to satisfy this command by saying that we witness by example and relationship. Witnessing this way usually bears little fruit. This reasoning reflects the belief that separation from God and hell are not a reality for the unbeliever, because it is usually prolonged over long periods of time with little urgency for something so important. Would you be moved to immediately offer help to a person drowning or would you spend time building relationship? Most of the people we encounter, will not be hostile to you entering a conversation on spirituality. It is just a matter of continually developing your witnessing skills and doing it. Today’s verse presses us harder on the area of witnessing. We need to go not to just those we feel comfortable with, but also to those who might be hostile or totally alienated from the message. We do not want to pre-judge who might not be receptive or hostile to the Gospel. The reality is that these people may be more receptive because of how they have alienated themselves from God. I found my fear of witnessing was eased by Corinthians 3:6-7 saying salvation comes from God not me: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”
We are at a time in life when greater numbers of people need to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Christians need to be obedient to His call to share the good news of Jesus Christ, to share how to become a Christian, while giving an opportunity for people to come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. We need to examine our hearts in light of Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.” Our ego, reputation, time, and pride come second to another person’s eternal destiny. Start now to develop your intentionality. Review opportunities and experiences while continually challenging yourself to do better. Pray for divine appointments every day.
Luke 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
You can receive two free resources of sharing the Gospel Growing in Christ at www.growinginChrist.net. They are located at the bottom of the landing page. They are “Lesson 1 – The Good News – Salvation” and “Engaging and Discipling others for Christ.”
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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help you in witnessing: “Your Life in Christ” and “Transformation – Part 1.”