Greatest Fulfillment in Life!
There is a Christian
practice that is more fulfilling than anything else, gives a
person a life purpose, and piles up rewards in Heaven (and some
on earth) yet is very neglected by many Christians. What
is that Christian action? It is being a witness. Now don't tune
this out because you think you know what I am talking about,
or because you are afraid of "witnessing" to strangers.
What I am about to present any Christian can do.
The Bible does
not command you to get people saved. First of all, you cannot
get anyone saved it is a work of God. The Bible does
say that "he who wins souls is wise" (Proverbs
11:30). But the Bible recognizes that people have a free
will, so God doesn't hold you and me responsible for people
who reject the Gospel. But God does expect us to be a witness.
Here are some related scriptures:
16:15 - "He said to them, "Go into all
the world and preach the Gospel to every creature."
24:14 - "And this Gospel of the Kingdom will
be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations,
and then the end will come."
Peter 3:15 - "In your hearts set apart Christ
as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
A witness in a
court of law is someone who communicates in a public way what
he or she saw, experienced, or heard. Witnesses give the name
of the key individual who impacted their life in some way. A
witness is not expected or required to convince every member
of the jury. But a witness can be held in contempt of court
by the Judge if he or she won't tell others what happened to
him or her. Think about that from a spiritual point of view!
In addition, the
Bible says that we have all been given "the ministry of
Corinthians 5:18). That means we are supposed to do what
we can to help bring people into right relationship with God.
Certainly that includes giving financially to God's ministries,
but it is not limited to that. If we were not able to physically
do anything else, then giving and praying would be good enough.
But 99.9% of Christians can be a more active witness than that.
Furthermore, one sign of maturity in any creature is the ability
to reproduce. Christians should be the same way! Now the truth
is, we are all already a witness it is just a question
of what kind of "witness" we are. We need to ask ourselves,
if it was against the law to be a Christian, is there enough
evidence that we could be convicted in court? If people saw
our home, our car, our checkbook, our lifestyle could
they tell we were a Christian?
The devil wants
Christians to under-estimate the power and influence of just
being a simple witness. I recently read about a North Korean
who had been a soldier for 10 years. His mother died, and at
the funeral, his father quietly said something like, "She
is with Jesus now." The soldier did not know his parents
had become Christians. That single statement led that soldier
to salvation, and he has left the North Korean army and committed
himself to being a witness for Jesus!
"Go into all
the world" and spread the Gospel can be as simple as making
sure everyone in your world is easily able to know you are a
Christian (not just through an obscure fish symbol). That clear
witness can be through many avenues such as:
framed Christian print on your office wall [from Christian
bookstore or catalog],
well-worded Christian bumper sticker or window sticker on
your car [from a Christian bookstore, or make your own through
a "fast signs" shop],
Christian symbol on your checks [through your own bank, or
from Checks Unlimited at (800) 204-2244] (I have written over
10,000 such checks that is a lot of "witnessing"
with my check's statement, "What the world needs is Jesus"),
a Christian statement on the front door of your house [from
a Christian bookstore, or have a brass door knocker engraved
with your choice of scripture],
ready supply of high-quality, full-color evangelistic tracts
which you could give to door-to-door salesmen (with a dollar
bill sticking out), or on the table for the waitress (with
a good tip), etc., [tracts like this are available from American
Tract Society, (800) 54-TRACT; Good News Publishers, (800)
635-7993, or even Voice magazines at www.fgbmfi.org,
I have done all
of the above and seen God use it to bring people to salvation.
One of the powerful
promises of God's guidance is found in Proverbs
3:6, "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He
shall direct your paths." When you actively "acknowledge"
that God and Jesus are in your life, you can expect "to
be in the right place at the right time" on a regular
basis! What would that be worth to you?
Speaking of tracts,
I once heard a pastor casting doubt on the ability of Christian
tracts to get people saved. He asked a group of his church members,
"Do you know anyone who has gotten saved from a tract?"
To his surprise, one of his deacons raised his hand and said
he did! Judi and I have personally been responsible for giving
out well over 50,000 tracts. How can God's Word return void?
55:11). Christmas and Easter are a great time to do a deliberate
evangelistic outreach to your neighborhood (Holly & Lilly
evangelism) through tracts, videos, etc. We have given out Jesus
videos to neighbors and relatives [through the Jesus
Project, (888) JESUS-36), and copies of More than
a Carpenter by Josh McDowell are as little as 50 cents
each from (972) 907-1000]. There is no end to the ways you can
be a witness. It is a matter of "sowing seeds" (Mark
4:1-34) and then another "waters" (1st
Corinthians 3:6-8), and God gives the increase. (Note: I
would not want to get to Heaven, and try to explain to Jesus
why I did not spend any money on evangelism tools!)
It is all about
lifestyle evangelism how to be a witness as you go through
your normal life. You can invite people to church (the young,
old, and in-between). But the biggest satisfaction of all is
to be the person God uses to actually lead another person to
a salvation prayer. With a little personal preparation, you
can have a very workable plan to give you the confidence to
find ways to verbally explain the plan of salvation to people
then "close the sale" by offering to lead them
in a salvation prayer. Now don't get scared on me I have
been there, and you can do it. I have led scores of people to
the Lord in one-on-one conversations in everyday life. You just
need the teaching to know what to do then watch for people
in crisis or under stress. You need to catch adults at a time
when they are spiritually open. When everything is going great,
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,
than for a rich man to get saved. But there is no shortage of
hurting, lonely, or broke people out there if you just raise
your awareness. Actually, the large percentage of the population
is either deep in debt, out of work, going through a divorce
or health crisis (themselves or a family member), having a mid-life
crisis, or older and facing death. Children are the easiest
to lead to the Lord, because the fiery trials of life have not
made them hardened, cynical, or bitter at "God" who
they blame (instead of the devil). You probably have some kids
in your neighborhood you could lead to the Lord like Judi and
I recently taught
a two tape series on lifestyle evangelism. The first tape contains
ways to be a witness like I discussed above. The second tape
contains several practical plans for sharing salvation and leading
someone to the Lord. I have used these, and can tell you they
work! You can be leading more people to the Lord than you ever
thought possible. Just respond to our ministry this month with
an offering of any amount and request the two tapes. We will
rush them to you. You will be grateful for eternity that you
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