Romans 10:14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (New Living Translation)
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (KJV)
Are you fulfilling the Great Commission?
Do you ever talk to people who seem to have strayed from God or do not know God at all? Do you wonder what to say? You can give reasons for not witnessing. Is that really what you want to do. You want to find your motivation to witness. Here are some things to consider:
- Someone loved you enough to tell you about Jesus. There is someone waiting for you to do the same for them.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” (Amplified Bible AMP)
- It’s not about you; whether you are eloquent or are not; what your socioeconomic status is; nor what your profession is. There are those who need to hear about Jesus who you can relate to.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 4 My brothers and sisters, I did not pose as an expert with all the answers. I did not pretend to explain the mystery of God with eloquent speech and human wisdom. 2 I claimed to know nothing with certainty other than the reality that Jesus is the Anointed One, the Liberating King, who was crucified on our behalf. 4 The sermons I preached were not delivered with the kind of persuasive elegance some have come to expect, but they were effective because I relied on God’s Spirit to demonstrate God’s power. (The Voice TVT)
- Your job is to preach the gospel (present the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ). You don’t have to convince someone; you just need to witness to them.
Acts 20:24 But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious, undeserved] grace [which makes us free of the guilt of sin and grants us eternal life].
- The Father will work through you.
Ephesians 3:20 Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (The Passion Translation TPT)
Spend time in prayer, listening for the Lord to show you how to let “your” light shine.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
If you do, someone will recognize the presence of God in you, see how the Lord has changed you, and want the same for themselves.
Acts 16:28-30 But Paul shouted, saying, “Do not hurt yourself, we are all here!” 29 Then the jailer called for torches and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out [of the inner prison], he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Amplified Bible AMP)
Your approach may differ from someone else’s and that’s okay.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (KJV)
You have the Holy Spirit as your guide. Your testimony is all the power needed.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (KJV)
Go back and read the devotional for April 23. The greatest weapon in your arsenal is you are sent by Ehyeh asher Ehyeh [ā-ya a-ser ā-ya] (The eternal, all-sufficient God). He is able to meet every need, yours and theirs. Whether you are the one who is planting, or the one who is watering, God will get the increase.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, when I was younger, I thought the Great Commission was for those who were a part of the fivefold ministry gift only. I repent for every opportunity I passed on because I disqualified myself. Thank you for teaching me. Now I know every believer is to be a witness to who You are. I am to speak to those I meet and introduce them to a God who can save them from a life of sin and death. I know You will give me the words to say at the appointed time because Your word says You will. I know I don’t have to be eloquent. I don’t need finesse or panache. I am not required to make them understand. All I need is Your love in my heart and my testimony on my lips. Your word says they overcame by the word of their testimony. As I share my life, people will see where I was and appreciate where I am today. Then they will know You can do the same for them. You are an all-sufficient God. Everything we all need, we can find in You. Help me live my life seeing Your new mercies every day. I pray my testimony will keep being rewritten because You continue to transform me. I pray what You have done in my life is evident in my talk and in my walk and You get the glory for it…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.