Updated: Jan 4
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Witnessing is one of the most vital tasks in furthering the Kingdom, after all, if the Word is not spread and spoke, how would unbelievers ever come to the understanding of God’s promises? Let’s take a look at what it takes to become a successful witness for Christ.
First and foremost, you must be a believer that studies the Scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 explains that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness. Being in continual study will help guide your deeper understanding of God’s Word. When we witness to people we have to be ready to give evidence for the hope that is in us. How do we do that without studying?
Set The Example
We must be living proof of a loving God. We can stand on the hope of Christ because of the way He lived during His time on earth. We know He was without sin because plenty of people saw how He chose to live His life, sinless and without reproach. Think about it, if His followers saw anything other than a sinless God, would they have followed? probably not. I am not saying at all that we must be perfect because that is not a standard we can reach, but, we should be different than the world around us. We should be striving daily to be more and more like Christ!
Be Active Fishers
Jesus speaking in Matthew 4:19 says “follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” To fish one must be active, very rarely do fish just jump in a boat, some may by accident, but most of the time you have to seek out the fish. If we are to witness successfully, we must be out on the streets, out in the neighborhoods, active in our workplace, we must be everywhere, actively seeking those in need of our Savior.
Be There For Others
The world can be an awful place sometimes, we must be there to comfort others as they struggle through this life. How calming would it be to have a loving person come beside you as you are struggling? We must be that person for our loved ones, our friends, and even strangers. Ephesians 4:32 explains that we must be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another. There is no better way to witness than to love a person in need.
Do Not Be Ashamed
Paul speaking in Romans 1:16 says “for I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Simply put, there is no place for shame while delivering the message of the Gospel. For your witnessing to be successful, you must demonstrate God’s power and promise without compromise.
Seek Help From The Spirit
This idea may be last on this list, but it should be first as we are about to step out in faith to witness. Luke 12:12 states that the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say! When it comes right down to it, the Spirit knows what we ought to say at any given moment. Without the Spirit guiding our words, we will not be successful. Each and every time you get an opportunity to witness, pray that the Spirit comes alongside and give you the words needed at that given time.
There is nothing more rewarding than to see someone turn from the world and to Christ, to be cleansed of the sin that has kept us from Heaven, to see the old man die and reborn into a new creation. I pray that these ideas will be only the first steps you take in becoming a witness for the Lord, I pray that your ministry flourishes into sometime very beautiful for the Lord.
Stepping into witnessing can be very rewarding, but we must be prepared to do so. Pray that the Lord guides you as you take your first steps in what will be a wonderful adventure.
Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
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