You must understand the urgency and context of time; it is most certainly now the hour to wake up at once out of the hypnotic state of slumber and unbelief. Salvation has come. (Mirror Bible)
Are you taking advantage of the time?
Have you ever decided you were going to witness to a person and heard these or similar statements in your head: “I’ll do it later.”, “I don’t want to seem pushy.” Or “I have to get myself together first.”? What did you do? If you did nothing, then you know you were being disobedient, right?
James 4:17 So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin. (The Passion Translation TPT)
You may have called it procrastinating. Actually, you put off witnessing until a later time, as if time was in your hands. Maybe you didn’t obey because you didn’t feel comfortable, or you didn’t want to do it, or because you found something else to do, etc. The next time you have the chance to witness, here are some statements you might want to say to yourself, out loud, if necessary.
- “Do I really want to disobey God?”
- “I can’t act like time is on this person’s side.”
- “The devil likes it when I fail to witness, another soul stays within his grasp longer.”
- “I don’t want some dramatic event to happen before they cry out to the Lord.”
- “God has a blessed life planned for them. I don’t want them to wait and possibly get saved in the last moments of their lives.”
- “There is too much at stake. I need to tell them, the time is now.”
- “What if someone had not witnessed to me?”
There is no guarantee the person you witness to will accept the Lord, however, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to share the gospel.
Ephesians 5:15-16 So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes. (The Passion Translation TPT)
Don’t wait; do it now.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for this reminder. I know there are plenty of times I used an excuse instead of witnessing to someone. I repent for every witnessing opportunity I let pass by. I have often said, I will talk to anyone about the Lord who wants to talk. What if I am not approached? Help me be the one who approaches. I don’t want to pass up anyone in need of You. I want to take advantage of every opportunity You give me to lift Your name and to tell someone about You. Help me be strong in my determination to witness and let men see my passion for You. Use me, Father. Give me the words to create an understanding of need in the people I witness to. Help them see they don’t have as much time as they think. The strength of my conviction makes me willing to witness. I don’t want to die not having shared the good news with every person I could have shared it with…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.