I’m a wimpy witnesser. I’ll admit it! When it comes to sharing my faith, I sometimes don’t have a lot of courage. As an example, consider yesterday:
On Friday, I walked over to the shopping mall near the church to get some food. I got my tray of food and began looking for a place to sit in the crowded food court. Failing to find a table where I could sit alone, I got permission from an older guy to sit at the table that he was sitting at. I sat down, pulled out my iPhone, had the blessing for my food, and played around on my phone while I ate. After a bit, I got to thinking that it might be good if I were to converse with the guy sitting across from me and maybe have a chance to witness a bit to him. But in many ways, I didn’t really want to do that. I sort of wanted to stay more in my comfort zone and eat my food and play a game on my phone. But as I thought about it, I came up with a way to potentially open up a bit of a conversation with him that could possibly turn to talk of religion. It was a bit longer before I finally brought myself to talk to him. I started out by mentioning something about the place being crowded at lunch time. He asked if I worked around there, or something like that. I let him know that I was a pastor at a church nearby. He asked what church, and I let him know that it is a Seventh-day Adventist church. We talked briefly about other stuff, and then he came back to the topic of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He seemed to be aware that Seventh-day Adventists have church on Saturday, and asked about why we have church on Saturday instead of Sunday. I briefly attempted to answer his question.
I am sure thankful that I started a conversation with him and was able to at least share a little bit of what I believe with him. Hopefully the Holy Spirit is able to use that conversation to plant a spiritual seed. But why do I sometimes seem to dread speaking with strangers about my faith? Why am I sometimes such a wimpy witnesser? God has done so much for me. Why should I be wimpy when it comes to speaking up on His behalf? Hopefully I will allow God to strengthen me and use me to share His message of love and truth from time to time with people that I come in contact with. After all, He has promised to be there for me as I partake in the work of making disciples for Him.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18–20 ESV)
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