Who Me?

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If you are shy (like I am), you may try to avoid the whole issue of witnessing by telling yourself, it’s just not my gift. Evangelism is listed as a distinct ministry in Ephesians 4:11-12

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ..”

However, years ago I attended a witnessing workshop at my church.  The big take away I got was this:   we are not all evangelists, but we are all witnesses.  Why?  Well, a witness is simply someone who has seen an event and is therefore able to testify about it.  As Christians every one of us has seen what Christ has done in our own life.  We all have a testimony to give.  It doesn’t mean speaking before crowds, knocking on doors or randomly stopping strangers to explain the plan of salvation.  It does mean:.

“…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”  1 Peter 3:15

You can keep it simple.  You don’t have to know everything.  You just have to know what Jesus Christ means to you.  Even the apostle Paul, who was a gifted evangelist said:

“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

So, be ready.  Know the basics. Look for opportunities.  Banish fear and trust in the Holy Spirit to guide you.  You are a witness.

 

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2 responses

  1. This is good! None of us have an excuse to not be a witness about what God has done for us through Jesus! Thank you for sharing this, Joan!

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  2. Thank you for the encouraging words. We Lutheran Ladies love to get feedback from our readers!

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