Updated: Jan 4
1 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV)
4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now that we have established the fact that we are all called to spread the Gospel throughout the world, the next logical question would be… who do we witness to? The answer is very simple, we are to witness to all God’s people. There, end of this devotional, right? Well, no, not really.
You see, it is very easy to say we must minister to everyone. There is a certain amount of biblical truth in that statement, but it is not quite that simple, nor is it that easy. As I was preparing for this series, I reached out to a friend that is now a pastor in New Mexico. The conversation was quick but the impact it had on this particular devotional was significant. He reminded me that it is very easy for us to say, “everyone needs to be witnessed to” and when that “everyone” happens to be a friend or family member, it is easy to start the conversation without a second thought. But, what if that person you are being called to witness to has different political views than you? What if that person has different values than you? What if that person has a different world view than you? What if that person belongs to this group or that? The one thing each of these groups of people have in common is their need for Jesus, their need for forgiveness of past sins, and their need for salvation.
I try not to use the phrase “Jesus loves you” too often, it has become somewhat overused, but, the truth in the statement will always be both present and powerful. Jesus loves us, Jesus loves us on our lowest day and He loves us on our highest, He loves us in victory, and He loves us in defeat. Where is this going? Jesus loved us in the beginning of our life, and He continues to love us until we take our last. As we witness, one thing should always be at the forefront of our conversation, love. If you walk into a witnessing opportunity and you do not have love for that person, you might as well walk away because if that person does not think you care, you will never be able to reach them.
If we are going to be an asset to the Lord as He reaches the world, we have to show the love He has for His children. I played for many coaches throughout my life, I had coaches that pushed me to do great things, others didn’t, but, the coaches that got the most out of me were the coaches that showed how much they cared about me, not about my ability to score a goal, but truly cared about me. If you first show a person that you love and care about them before beginning the process of witnessing, you will gain their respect and trust. To become a valuable witness for the Lord, love, respect, and trust must be the foundation of your work.
If you fall into the trap of being judgmental, you will not be able to express the love of Christ. If you come into a witnessing opportunity and you are condemning their past sin, the person cannot respect you. If they feel you are untrustworthy, they will not open their hearts to your message. If they do not feel the love of Christ, your mouth will utter empty words. In every witnessing opportunity you have, you must love God enough to love His children.
Everyone needs Christ.
Romans 10:14–15 (NKJV)
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
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