Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Christian Witnessing - We're Merely Called to Share
Christian witnessing is merely sharing our heartfelt faith in Christ - what He's personally done to change our individual lives! We're not called to argue or debate anyone into heaven. We're merely called to share! As in the courtroom, we're called to be a witness for the Gospel, not the lawyer, judge or jury… Leave that up to God!
Christian Witnessing - It's Not About Intellect or Debate Skills
In his letter to the Corinthian Church, Paul addresses the heart of Christian witnessing:
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
Christian Witnessing - Share Simply, as a Child
The heart of Christian witnessing might be best expressed through the words of a teenager on fire for the Lord. Here's a "testimony" of a twelve-year-old girl who just wants to share Christ's love and God's purpose…
Hello fellow middle school and high school students. I'm here just to express a couple things that may be happening to many of us today. I know that I'm only twelve, but I really hope that I can help some of you know and come closer to Christ. I first met Jesus when I was five years old. At that time, I just thought, "Oh yeah! If I go to church every Sunday, and believe that He's real, I'll go to heaven!" But that's not how it works. God did not put us on this earth to do "stuff" and be "perfect," no, instead, we're here to make a choice, and learn to love our Creator and Father in heaven through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. We don't have to work at anything or worry about anything - we just need to receive Jesus and rest in what He has planned for our lives.
As a Christian, I still have many problems in my life, but I try to get through them the best I can. I know nothing I do will be perfect, or the best-in-the-world, but God's not worried about that - He just wants me to love Him. Sometimes I'll pray to God, and it doesn't seem like I get an answer. At this point, many of us think that God has left us to wither away for the rest of our lives…but really, He's just testing us and building our character. He gives us many tests in life… for me, as a teenage Christian, one of my tests is loneliness. But really, would God have put me on this earth to be lonely? Did he just put me here so every day he could laugh at my "mistakes"? Of course not. He put me here - like all of you -- so we can bring Him pleasure. We're His children, and He wants us to grow up in His plan and purpose for our lives.
Christian Witnessing - The Power of our Story Rests in Jesus Alone
For me, Christian witnessing is all about revealing the unseen Jesus in people's lives. To put all of your faith and all of your love into someone you can't see… is hard! I know! Because I used to not believe that Jesus was real. But now, I not only believe in Jesus, but I believe that God had placed me on this earth for a very important purpose, and hopefully, one day, I will fulfill that purpose. Sometimes you may think, if Jesus is really here with us, then why doesn't He help me in my time of most need? Why does He let people get sick? Why do people die? I believe Jesus is here for each of us, if we just ask… Jesus is the key to everything! Don't face loneliness alone. Don't face peer pressure on your own strength. Never be scared of death. Live a life of faith and love in Christ! Trials, fears, anxieties, and even death are all wrapped up in our Savior, Jesus… Accept His gift of love, and live happily ever after… no matter what!