Jesus said to his disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me…to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Based on that command, people of faith have always sought ways to share their faith in one way or another, or maybe in a variety of ways.
Some seem to have a special gift for witnessing, being comfortable introducing Christ into a conversation under just about any circumstance while others find it challenging under any circumstance. The ability or gift of witnessing is not necessarily something that comes naturally, and while not every follower of Christ is comfortable doing it, I think each one has the compelling desire to be a witness.
Pastors have a built-in platform for witnessing to numbers of people in their worship services and teachers and professors in their classrooms. Even then, witnessing can be somewhat challenging.
One of the aims of this website is to attempt to create and instill confidence and boldness in the hearts and minds of my readers in every facet of their Christian experience. Since some do struggle with being a witness for Christ, it would be especially gratifying to know that I might be of some help to them through my efforts here.
I would remind us that, before Jesus said, ‘you shall be witnesses,’ He prefaced it with “you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” When He called brothers, Andrew and Simon, He explained, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17) Jesus promised those whom He called that He would make them become fishers of men. Then, just before His ascension, He promised, ‘you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.’ Fishing for men was Jesus’ way of saying, ‘I will make you become and empower you to be witnesses to men.’
This kind of commitment from our Lord provides the assurance and strength to do whatever He commands or wishes us to do. At the close of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus commissioned the disciples to go and make disciples. Then He said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) When we are following Him, we are never alone. Our all-wise, all-powerful, loving Commander in Chief is with us.
So what is a witness? The simple and concise definition is, “someone who sees an event take place; or someone who has knowledge of (an event or change) from personal observation or experience. The disciples witnessed the presence, ministry, and, resurrection of Christ. At Pentecost, they personally experienced the anointing of the Holy Spirit. That day and throughout their lifetime they observed the working of the Spirit and His fellowship. Wherever they went they gave witness of what they had seen and experienced as in 1 John 1:3, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
This pattern has not changed. Witnesses today must speak and demonstrate from personal knowledge and relationship with Christ for their witness to be valid. Also, the wise man, Solomon, wrote, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.” (Proverbs 18:13)
Through the years, we have used a variety of ways and means to help make witnessing as natural and easy as possible. There was the little question mark button (?) that we would pin to our garment so that when people would inquire as to its purpose, we could reply, “Oh, I’m glad you asked. Would you mind if I explained it to you?” Then we would proceed to explain the plan of salvation. There are also gospel tracts of all sorts that one can simply hand out as a witness or leave one on a table in a restaurant or a variety of places.
There are also manufacturers and outlets for clothing, accessories, jewelry, etc., where you can buy or order items that you can wear your witness. I have personally observed that many believers like to share their faith in this way.
Witnessing is a Biblical Basic that reaches out to Christ-followers. For those who are sensitive to His will, He makes and enables them to become fishers of men. If you’re timid or challenged about witnessing, just remember, you are never alone. He is right there with you. If you need some practical ways and means to help you along, remember you can wear your witness, maybe with a simple kind word or deed, but also with these helps mentioned here in the article. Happy witnessing!
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